If you jump directly into a patent, you might quickly understand that the design or specifications of your patent do not really operate in real life (after prototyping) and you have to submit a new patent or alter an existing patent for hundreds of bucks extra. You have to ask on your own: Are some of these patent attorneys really looking out for your benefits?
My recommendations is to find a credible product design company to aid you create a model and after that go patent something that really functions. This is why prototypes are also called evidence of principles. They confirm that the concept really operates in the real world.
Half of the customers at the item layout and invention company that I benefit have involved us with an invention that they have actually already patented only to find out in the layout stages that either 1) It simply will not work or 2) The layout is not cost effective for mass production. In either instance we need to design and establish an extra innovative way to do the very same point and once we do that, think what? Our clients have to pay to revise or file a whole new patent.
Is patenting crucial? Absolutely. Simply make sure to do it AFTER you have confirmed a principle.