Redondo Beach, CA asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for California

Q: Do I need a patent if i'm building an app in a new space that doesnt't exist yet?

I'm building an app in an industry that hasnt changed in ages and I want to know if i might need an IP attorney to help file a patent? I realize that i'm being extremely broad but i'm trying to figure where to start. I researched some companies who filed patents like AirBnB, Linkedin, Uber etc. I'd like to know at what point if any, do i need an IP attorney?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: If you are devoting a substantial amount of time or money into this project, then it is a good use of your time to talk with a patent attorney that files patent applications for apps. There are special obstacles in seeking patents in that space so you need some frank advice from someone that has done this a number of times. It is very possible that the advice may be to NOT file a patent as you are seeking to patent a way of organizing human behavior rather than a way for a computer to do a better job at a specific task needed for your business to work.

I encourage you to continue looking at somewhat analogous software patents. This slide set has some tips on searching.

Good luck.


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