I'm laying the groundwork for what might ostensibly be considered a 'Web 2.0' startup. While I think that I might have some protectable IP, I think that these are not necessarily fundamental to the operation of the business and may be easily circumvented. However, I'm going to protect my creativity to the greatest extent possible.
I know I can file some provisional patents early in the process. Has anyone filed provisional patents and then gotten counsel involved, as opposed to having counsel file the provisional patents as well? I don't want to be penny-wise and pound foolish, but am curious if anyone has gone this route and was glad they did (or wished they hadn't).
EDIT - I sometimes have my doubts as to whether the 'high level' concepts of a lot of Web 2.0 businesses are even patentable. Even the term '2.0' implies prior art! While I think that a lot of the underlying approaches / applied algorithms are patentable, and certainly a company like Google has a lot to protect, I see lots of startups for YAVS (yet another video site) and they certainly can't be getting funded on protectible IP - or can they? Ok, enough of the rant...