People often call our office and ask "is it possible to patent my app idea?" normally followed by "what if the app isn't developed yet?" The short answer: Yes. The app you're wanting to protect simply needs to be a new, inventive idea that was never publicly disclosed or only disclosed within the past year. Also, it cannot merely be computerizing longstanding economic practices.
It may seem like startups are everywhere these days, especially if you’re located on the West Coast. However, according to Forbes, 9 out of 10 startups fail. Why? Forbes cites a CB Insights report that the number-one reason for failure, as polled by startups, is the lack of market need for their product.