Intellectual Property Law
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Hello. Scientific theories, formulas etc. cannot be patented, they are excluded subject matter. Your writings can be protected by copyright (but you should register the copyright if you want to have enforceable rights) which protects from someone copying/reproducing your work, or a portion of it....but as far as someone "claiming" it and trying to take credit for something, that is an ethical/plagiarism/fraud matter rather than intellectual property. For example if I can I came up with a theory when I in fact got it from someone else, that's not an IP issue by itself.
and of course, having evidence of your prior creation will serve as evidence against such false claims by others