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The accepted method is to log it into a patent notebook (bound book with numbered pages), and get it co-signed by someone knowledgeable enough to testify in court about the content. Signature should say 'read and understood'. This book makes good reading: Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War

A much better way to establish priority is to file a provisional patent, good for a year.

The book "Patent it yourself" makes good reading - not as good as working with a patent attorney, but a lot cheaper.

I suspect that'd be vulnerable to a smear attack from rich, interested opponents. It's your (two) word(s) against their patent. Better, certainly, but not iron-clad.

Sans getting it notarized, of course. But that costs time and money too.

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