• You’re an asshole
  • You want to sound good in an investor pitch
  • You actually have something worth patenting… You probably don’t, but if you think you do, go for it.

At my previous company, our patent strategy was simple. Submit the patent and pay the $100 or so to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, without involving a lawyer at first. (Why? It’s called Google Patents… check it out). Your patent application will get rejected for prior art (because some form of your patent has already been patented before… this is always the case). When you get your rejection letter, it will tell you why the patent didn’t go through. Fix whatever they had a problem with, get a lawyer, then have them file the patent. This, I think, is the most cost-effective strategy if you decide to go the patent route.