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Get Strategic About IP: How Patent Lawyers Help Inventors Play the Long Game


The USPTO estimates more than 40% of the U.S. economy is fueled by IP-intensive industries. Patents are incredibly valuable assets for innovative ventures–especially in today’s rapidly evolving landscape. Navigating the entrepreneurial waters, you may already know that IP protection is a vital part of business' success. Collaborating with an experienced patent attorney to develop a patent strategy can be a valuable game-changer.


A business-savvy patent attorney can help you maximize the value of your patents, protect your valuable IP assets, and help you gain a competitive edge in your industry.  By understanding your business goals, market dynamics, and budget constraints, they can provide tailored advice and support throughout the patent process.

Why a Patent Strategy Matters for Innovative Companies

A patent strategy is like a game plan for managing your company's IP assets. It's all about creating, protecting, and using patents in a way that makes sense for your business. A well-crafted patent strategy can be a powerful tool for success and growth.

The goal is to ensure legal protection and commercial leverage of a company's innovations and inventions in a logical manner. A well-structured patent strategy can be a powerful tool for innovative companies, providing a solid foundation for success and growth. Crafting an effective patent strategy depends on the needs, goals, and commercial position of your business:

  • What are your company's business / commercial objectives (short-term and long-term)?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges specific to your industry?

  • Are there any budget constraints?

  • Is there potential to develop licensing agreements and commercial partnerships?

  • What is the priority of your patents (if multiple are held)?

Seven Reasons Why a Business-Savvy Patent Attorney Can Make All the Difference

So, working with a patent lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the business world can be beneficial. But it’s costly, and is it worth it?

1. Better strategic IP advice that aligns with your business goals

With appropriate business expertise, a patent attorney can align your IP strategy with your company's growth and long-term objectives. For instance, if your aim is to become a market leader in a specific niche, we can analyze your industry along with the patent landscape (this includes your competitors’ patents) to help prioritize patenting innovations that offer a competitive edge and align with your growth strategy. Let’s say your goal is to become a leader in the renewable energy industry. We can advise you on prioritizing key patent applications for innovative solar or wind technologies that will set you apart from competitors.

2. Decision-making informed by business knowledge and experience

A business-savvy patent attorney understands the commercial aspects of your company, enabling them to make informed decisions on which innovations to patent. They will evaluate the market potential of a new product or technology, considering factors such as market size, competition, and potential revenue. With these considerations, it helps you make an informed decision on whether it's worth it to pursue a patent.

3. Sensitivity to cost constraints faced by startups and entrepreneurs

Budget constraints are common for startups and small businesses. A patent attorney with a business background can allocate resources efficiently by prioritizing critical innovations and streamlining the patent application process. For example, they may suggest filing a provisional patent application, which can secure a priority filing date while giving you time to gather funds for a non-provisional application.

Not all patents carry equal weight. We think it’s important to reduce legal spend so that you can prioritize developing your invention and technology. We consider whether filing a patent is the right thing to do, and we also consider which patents are the most valuable ones to file. The right attorney will prioritize key innovations and find cost-effective solutions to secure your IP rights.

4. Insights into the value of licensing and commercialization

A patent attorney can also help you to explore licensing and partnership opportunities. Say your company has developed a groundbreaking software technology. A business-savvy patent attorney can help you identify potential licensing partners, cross-licensing deals, or even joint ventures, ensuring that your company maximizes the commercial value of its patented technology. Or, they might help in negotiating favorable licensing agreements, allowing other companies to use your patented process in exchange for royalties (generating additional revenue streams).

5. Industry-specific business knowledge

Different industries present unique opportunities and challenges in terms of patents. For example, if you operate in the biotechnology sector, they will be familiar with the lengthy development cycles, regulatory hurdles, and strategic partnerships common to the industry. They can formulate a more tailored (and more effective) patent strategy.

An often undercover benefit is the ability for a business-savvy patent attorney to identify and mitigate both legal and commercial risks. For instance, they can help you navigate potential infringement claims or advise on how to protect your IP in light of emerging market trends, like a sudden shift toward a new technology or business model.

7. Access to a broad network of connections within your industry

Connections matter. Not surprisingly, your experienced patent attorney probably has valuable connections within your industry (and other industries) that can lead to potential partnerships, collaborations, or licensing opportunities. For example, with specializations in the software patent space, we have many clients in this space and related industries, including AI and blockchain.

At Outlier Patent Attorneys, PLLC, we are proud to represent clients with the legal experience and true business expertise that they can rely on. If you have any specific questions about patent strategy, we are here to help. As patent-focused law firm with experience working with companies like Meta and Blackberry, our attorneys are committed to delivering flexible solutions for our clients. Call us now or contact us online to set up a confidential appointment with a lawyer. We provide nationwide patent strategy representation to clients.