I'm a consultant that works in one of the tech hubs. I've provided consulting advice for various company sizes and dot coms. I have several years experience in my space and am known for creating products that have helped businesses close multimillion dollar deals.
I am currently between jobs and am a cashed strapped but will come into a new flow of cash soon. I am also planning on releasing my product very soon. The products have patent pending technology.
A) Should I release the MVP with patent-pending technology or without?
B) What if I use provisional patent pending application - should I still release then?
C) What approach would you take to secure your patent ideas?
D) What strategies have you used in the past? Can you offer any other or personal experiences?
E) How can I save on costs in filing patents while maintaining a quality application?
Some of the big companies are gaining ground on this space, but their patents in my opinion are still a bit off - at least from what I am seeing in the market.
Below are a few strategies that I'm aware.
1. Create several patents around the same idea to create a table with several legs of patent protection for lack of a better analogy. This was you improve odds of getting one patent or more than one, and secure more intellectual property around your space.
2. Complete provisional applications first (this gives you up to 1 year to complete patent application and still keep provision date), while you [and possibly an attorney] review the patent and prepare to file the application.
3. Use NoLo guides and try your best to complete the patent yourself, then have an attorney review once you have done a bunch of legwork on your own patent application. Offer up legal research or any other way you can help. Maybe even get an assistant to help you start up the process.
4. Use one of the latest patent-as-a-service firms in the market space. Some of them charge $1,000, give you support and review, and help with templates and more. I was thinking of doing NoLo, research, this option, then presenting to another attorney for overall review. To save on costs.