Start-up companies must seriously consider patents as a core part of their technology and product protection strategy.
Patents must be developed with an eye toward the success of the start-up business, where the patents could have significant value and therefore may become subject to litigation and legal challenge.
Strategies can be developed to increase the strength of a patent portfolio before it becomes subject to challenges. Moreover, a stronger patent portfolio also tends to have greater value. Such a portfolio can become a significant asset to the company.