I've been thinking about a new idea I want to work on. After searching the USPTO, I found that there are many (hundreds) of patents around what I am wanting to work on, with a slew being very similar to my idea.
After reading through a bunch of these patents, I found myself getting really upset with how vague they were. Nothing explicitly matched my idea, but they were effective at striking fear into my heart and have almost dissuaded me from trying. However, my gut tells me to build it first and get permission later.
I get a feeling that almost any entrepreneur with an idea could find a patent that may be very close to what they want to do.
How should I handle all this IP mess? Keep in mind that cash is a precious resource at this stage.