Developing an App? Protect your Intellectual Property!

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If your startup company is working on developing an app, remember that the app, or the development process, raises intellectual property issues that you should consider. 

For example:

  • if there is a process or method embodied in the app, it may be something worth patenting
  • the app may have a name that should be protected by a trademark
  • the app may have terms used in connection with it that should be protected by a trademark
  • the  app developer may treat the app’s source code or other aspects of the app’s development as a “trade secret
  • the content of the app itself should maybe be protected by copyright–if original (e.g. the app’s graphic, textual, images and artwork, database elements and software code)