Patents are 50% invention and 50% persistence. While we used patent attornies for our first patents which took years and years to complete, we learned that if one understands the carpentry of patent law, the best writer of patents is the inventor. Patents are simply a good discipline for the architecture of software or instructions to a team. If you can write a patent and explain it well, you are well on your way to being able to build a team. A patent at it's essense is a good story.