Does patent filing help in initial fund raising for hardware startups? Or is it better to wait until after funding?

I think it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits all generic answer to this question. Deciding when to file a patent application is always going to involve a balancing of cost, risk and potential reward. My impression is that having a patent application pending is unlikely … Continue readingDoes patent filing help in initial fund raising for hardware startups? Or is it better to wait until after funding?

Can I release an invention to test the market and then patent it after if it looks like it’s going to sell?

In the US, you would have one year from a public disclosure to file a patent application. However, most countries don’t give as much time. In most countries outside of the US, most notably at the European Patent Office, patents are evaluated from an “absolute … Continue readingCan I release an invention to test the market and then patent it after if it looks like it’s going to sell?