It all depends on your idea. Legal protection falls into three basic categories: copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
Patents protect inventors’ rights to their inventions; inventions which can vary from machines to chemical compounds and even plants.
Can you copyright an idea or concept?
The short answer is no. Unfortunately, despite what you may have heard from late night television commercials, there is no effective way to protect an idea with any form of intellectual property protection. Copyrights protect expression and creativity, not innovation. Neither copyrights or patents protect ideas.
How can I protect my software idea?
Although no legal filings can protect your app idea, below are five effective ways to protect yourself from idea pirates before publishing.
- Share Information Selectively.
- Carefully Choose Professional Relationships.
- Always Use Non-Disclosure Agreements.
- Trademark Your Name.
- Turn Your Idea Into a Reality.
How can I protect my idea in India?
There are a few steps businesses can take to help prevent theft as they begin to share their ideas with others.
- Avoid Revealing Too Much.
- Use Non-Disclosure Agreements.
- Apply for a Provisional Patent.
- Trademark Your Name.
- Research the Recipients.
- Follow Your Instincts.
- Document, Document, Document.
Can you patent a concept?
The simple answer is no—you cannot patent an idea for an invention. The invention itself has to be produced or a patent application containing the invention must be filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While all inventions start with an idea, not every idea can be called an invention.
Is my idea patentable?
In order for your invention to qualify for patent eligibility, it must cover subject matter that Congress has defined as patentable. The invention is “non-obvious” and. The invention must not have been disclosed to the public prior to the application for the patent.
Can I sell an app idea?
For the most part an idea is a very small part of creating a successful app. App creators and companies do not get patents. Patents are very expensive and can take a couple years to get, which doesn’t work with apps at all. You will not be able to sell your app idea, either.
Can you copyright a software?
Copyright protection also extends to computer software. A work is automatically subject to copyright as soon as it is recorded in a tangible form. If you are a US citizen there is however a requirement to register with the US Copyright Office before you can take action in a US court.
Can I patent an app idea?
So, if you have an invention worthy of patenting, don’t procrastinate on your patent search or filing. Because it can take time to develop an invention, most mobile app developers choose to file a provisional patent application first, which is the standard utility patent application, to secure a filing date.