I think it’s safe to say most of us utilize numerous mobile applications (apps), every day. Whether it’s looking up driving directions, depositing a check, or simply killing some time by playing a game, it’s nearly impossible to account for how much these applications affect our lives.
Given the high frequency of new apps, if you do happen to develop something unique, you will likely want to seek patent protection for it as soon as possible. At times, however, the patent process can become somewhat complicated. The following three steps can help guide you along the process to protect your invention:
1. Perform a patent search
This is a good first step to take anytime you are seeking patent protection. A patent search can help you determine whether there is already an existing app that uses your design or technology. If a patent already exists, it may be possible to tweak your design or technological processes in a way that avoids possible patent infringement.
2. Show your work
You may have come up with a brilliant method for helping people accomplish everyday tasks, however a method alone is not enough evidence to receive patent protection. You must have some sort of technological innovation designed to help you achieve your goal. Please ensure your design and performance processes are included as part of your patent application to avoid any delays or complications.
3. Use the correct terminology
Details are critical when it comes to applying for patent protection. Using the correct terminology for example, can potentially help disguise your processes from less informed, unscrupulous types who may wish to steal your ideas.
Launching your app without having patent protection in place is certainly risky territory. Without legal protection, you leave yourself open to competitors who can run with your ideas without any fear of legal repercussions. If you believe you have invented a patentable application, please consider discussing your options with a skilled legal professional.