, TexasToast wrote

If I have a patent and want to take on GE because they stole my idea,  I would have to come up with millions of dollars to fight GE and their army of attorneys.

No you don't. If it's clear you'll win, your lawyers will take their fee out of the expected settlement, often as no-win-no-fee.

That's why individuals routinely take the big businesses to court and win - even when the upfront legal cost of doing so often vastly exceeds the amount of cash that the individual has.

Ideas without products are a dime a dozen and should not be protected.

That's why you can't patent ideas. You have to patent inventions.