Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents – How To Protect Your Mobile App’s Intellectual Property
As you are developing a mobile app you should take pause and be concerned about protecting your intellectual property.
So what can you do to prevent competitors or partners or employees from stealing your app idea or intellectual property? Here are some ideas:
- Sign an NDA or don’t reveal much
The biggest question I get from app builders or startups trying to protect IP in a pitch meeting is how to convey the idea or concept without giving the other party the recipe for how to build what you have spent time and money creating.
The answer is try to get the other party to sign an NDA. It’s not bullet proof but it’s a low cost way to get some assurance that ideas and IP will not be stolen. If the other party does not want to sign an NDA then be extremely vague about the IP or code/technology that makes up your software.
- File a patent in the United States Patent and Trademark Office
If you so concerned with your idea being copied or stolen then you should sooner than later consider filing a patent application in the United States Patent and Trademark Office prior to the time that you offer an app for download or initially disclose the idea to anyone. FYI, filing for a patent can be very costly.
- Update your patent portfolio
You should consult with your patent attorney about making any updates to your patent portfolio based on any changes you have made to the software and/or code.
- Be careful with using Open Source software
We all know that using open source software into an app might lessen the time to build the app and decrease costs to do so but it also might reduce your chances of collecting any monies for licensing your app or being able to call the software your own as all of the rights or some of the rights might belong to the open source software company.
- Get it in writing with your software developer
If you are contracting with an outside developer to create or build your app get a written signed contract which clearly states that you or your company own all of the intellectual property rights in your app once developed.
- Get your employees or partners to sign NDA’s
The last thing you want to have happen is that you spend a ton of time and money developing an app only to have a partner or employee walk away with it because you failed to get them to sign both a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and non-compete agreement.
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