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How to Protect Your App Idea


Protecting your app idea can be difficult – it may be highly lucrative, but if you tell larger companies about it, or even your developer, they may simply take the idea. To protect your app idea and keep ownership of it, there are several approaches:

Patent – This is the best protection if you can get it, but not all aspects of an app are protectable through an app patent. Basically, you can cover new and non-obvious algorithms, user interface and interactions with unusual hardware.

Non-Disclosure Agreement – if you sit down with a company to sell your idea, it’s preferable having the company representatives sign a non-disclosure agreement making clear who owns the idea. The problem is, most companies will not sign these. You may have better luck with your developer, however. 

Copyright – this comes into play where the app is written and the user interface is designed. Copyright can protect the look and feel of the app, and also the code that makes the app work. However, it won’t protect the app idea, rather the specific version

Trademark – this protects the brand name for the app and a logo design, but won’t protect the way the app works.


Related Blog Post: US Patent Breakdown

To learn which approach is best for you, give us a call and one of our IP experts will go over the details and recommend the right strategy. Call today 858.263.7554.


The materials in this blog are not for the purpose of providing legal advice and are provided for informational purposes only. By using this site you are not entering into an attorney-client relationship with MU Patents. If you need legal advice you should contact an attorney directly.


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