A discussion with Dylan O. Adams of Davis Wright Tremaine and Kurt Sheline of Echo Health Ventures about patent strategy for startups. Discussion includes…
What do patents protect compared to other types of intellectual property (IP)?
I’ve heard that software cannot be patented – is that true?
Could you give a general overview of the patent process?
What are the options for starting the patent process?
How does the USPTO determine whether something is patentable?
How to you suggest startups begin the patent process?
When is the best timing for filing a patent application?
What are your thoughts on foreign patent protection?
Do you suggest doing a patent/prior art search before filing a patent application?
What are investors looking for when it comes to patents?
Do I need to have a working prototype to file a patent application?