How To Patent Your Mobile App Idea: Quick Guide 2022

WHAT IS A MOBILE APP PATENT?

Patent is the exclusive right to an invention which could be a product or process that offers solutions to a technical problem. Once you have a patent for your invention, you ensure that no other party can benefit from or trade your product or process. 

If you are looking to patent a mobile app idea you’ve come uo with, this quick guide will help you. Although you cannot patent the app code but the process the app follows to perform a task. 

WHY SHOULD YOU PATENT YOUR MOBILE APP IDEA?

If your ideas are patented, you will gain the following benefits

  • Protect your intellectual property from people  who can wrongfully use the idea or competition who can clone it. 
  • It acts as a legal proof that your invention is unique and validated
  • You can take action against anyone trying to use your invention illegally or without your consent. 

WHAT QUALIFIES TO BE PATENTED?

  • Your product or process should be original. 
  • It should be useful and solve a real problem 
  • The product should be man-made or the process should be unique 
  • The patent should not exist before you file for it 

TYPES OF PATENT APPLICATION 

Provisional Application

This is the more common filing done by businesses. You are allowed to file the patent without any formal claim. It is valid for 12 months and you can develop and refine your product in that time frame. Allows you to use the term “patent pending” and is less expensive than non-provisional applications. 

Non-Provisional Application 

You need to have all the specifications and claims. It should be accompanied with complete claims  and specifications. This is processed by patent officers right away and may become a patent sooner. This is published after 18 months of filing and may become patent in 24-48 months. This is more expensive to file. You can also use the “patent pending” label upon filing. 

HOW TO FILE FOR PATENT OF MOBILE APPLICATIONS 

  • Register with patent lawyers 
  • Get your documents organized
  • Research on similar patents with your attorney 
  • Select between Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Filing 
  • File the patent application with all the extensive documentation required and go ahead with the attorney’s advice. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF FILING A PATENT 

  • Provisional Application can cost something between $2000 and $5000. 
  • Non-Provisional Application can cost something between $10,000 and $15,000. 

Keep in mind that attorney fees are separate and the costs may vary from place to place. 

FEW CRUCIAL POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FILING A PATENT 

  • It will divert your money and time into this process: Be careful and take expert advice on the matter. 
  • As a startup you might update or pivot your product and that will require a patent update each time. 
  • You can also go for trademarks and copyrights as an alternative 
  • Do not go into the process without the help of a professional. 
  • The protection is not 100%. If other companies want to create a rip-off, they can do that by tweaking a few minor features. 

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