Q: We are an mobile app developers and are wondering if it is possible to protect our app's technology with a patent. How?

1 Lawyer Answer
Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Irvine, CA

A: While patents for apps and software have been harder to obtain lately, a patent is still the best avenue to protect your work for this technology.

I would say that phone application are patentable when they are:

(a) geared to something more than an abstract idea, essentially tied to machines or concrete concepts;

(b) include points of novelty not covered by other apps; and

(c) those points of novelty would not have been obvious to someone in that field.

Given that it is a crowded field, you should work with a patent attorney and make sure that you include as many details in the applications as you possibly can. This is where detailed documentation of your work would come in handy!

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