The best assumption here is that the money you spent on LegalZoom was a total waste - meaning you spent money trying to do it yourself and now have absolutely no benefit from having done that. It`s kind of like taking a couple of swimming lessons, then entering the Olympics. That having been said, and that money having been wasted, you may be able to spread out the expenses by not trying to do it all at once - e.g. file application for patent, wait 6 months and form LLC, wait 6 months and file trademark registration, etc. Hire a lawyer or wait until you can hire lawyer.
James Lindon, Ph.D. Patent Attorney
Lindon & Lindon, LLC
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Pharmacy Law, Litigation
[this is not legal advice - provided for discussion only]
Intellectual Property for the Individual and Small Business: Identify, Protect, Enforce, Defend.
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