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Why you should patent your app

Living in the Aliso Viejo area has you dreaming of becoming one of the world’s most aspiring entrepreneurs. Every day, you hear about people who created apps for the simplest things and are amazed at how profitable their ideas have become. If you are in the process of creating an app, you should consider getting a patent on it. Though you might feel confident about your invention, there are some challenges you might encounter along the way. 

Without a patent, someone else could take credit for your app and cause you to miss out on the fame and profits that come with it. Here is a brief overview of the importance of getting a patent for your app.

The early bird gets the worm

The sooner you file for a patent, the better. The first person to file for the patent gains exclusivity rights. Those rights prevent anyone from using, selling, marketing, importing and making your app without your consent. 

Things to consider before filing for a patent

Your timing matters. You might believe that you must wait until your app is complete qualify for a patent, but you do not. You can patent an idea. However, before you do so, you should evaluate how viable your app is as a business opportunity. There are many ways you can do this, such as with market research and testing. These all require time, but the sooner you get it done to determine your app’s usefulness, the sooner you can file a provisional patent. Also, to qualify for a patent, your mobile app must certain criteria (a nonabstract idea, nonobvious and new). 

The patent process is not easy for an inexperienced person to understand. There are fees and deadlines in place. Patents are by no means cheap, but they can be a very beneficial business investment that protects you and your invention. If you are unfamiliar with the patent process or unsure if your app idea qualifies for one, you might want to speak to an attorney for guidance.

On behalf of Crockett & Crockett posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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