Why talk to an IP lawyer? For knowledge, experience, and sound advice.
With the technical issues, legal requirements, and business issues that arise, patent matters are particularly difficult to navigate. While everyone likes a DIY project from time to time, no one likes getting in over their head. Or worse, getting in over their head and not realizing it.
So what does knowledge and experience get you? Here are some representative comments I made to clients in the past few months:
Not only did I help my clients protect their interests and avoid needless conflict, the actual value of the advice far exceeds my time on each matter. In fact, if the fees were based on their value, the first two would have been charged at more than $2 million, the third would have been about $15,000.
So, why seek the advice of a patent attorney? Because the cost of not seeking advice costs more than you may realize.