Starting with a prototype can have its perks.
A prototype gives you some insight into knowing if your idea is actually marketable and useful. Patenting is a process that may not be necessary if your prototype isn’t successful or simply not a viable solution for whatever problem you are trying to solve in the marketplace.
That’s not to say that you should never get a patent. If the prototype is successful and unique in either design or concept, then you should protect it. I think it’s fair to say that there are many advantages to starting with a prototype, but there may be exceptions or other considerations that require some legal advice.
If you are interested, check out our website atto get in touch with a patent attorney. A lawyer can help you identify at which point you should begin the patent process or if your product is even eligible for it. Get in touch if you’d like a consultation!