Intellectual property protection is important.
But I have learned that what is even more important is the product-market fit of your innovation.
An idea that is protected but not embraced by the market is not valuable.
As a startup, there is more value in iterating your product to fit with the market.
Yes, protect your idea by all means, but protecting something that nobody really cares about is kinda wasting your resources.
Focus on building something that people want.