non-dilutive startup funding?
to protect your IP before you crowdfund - so you won't get copied?
to not spend $thousands right now to get a patent?
to start pitching your new business venture to investors/angels/VCs?
to be "patent pending"?
to sink your capital in product development & build your mvp?
not to expose your technology to a competitor prematurely?
to make small payments for your patent over 12 months?