I'm a start-up and I want to patent my products or apps and post it on the google play and app store. I already asked my friend who took law. She said that my app should and can be patented. I don't live either in U.S or U.K. I only know how to patent my apps in my country. How can I protect my apps outside of my country? How much does it cost to patent an idea in another country?
If you are looking for international coverage, there are several options, including:
- Filing in a specific country or countries. Check out 35 U.S.C. 119, if you plan to file in the U.S.
- Filing a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application.
This answer doesn't cover all options and each option provides you with a different filing date. As always, talk to a patent professional in your targeted country or countries.
Also, you do not need to be a resident of the US or other country to file there. By international treaties a country can't treat domestic applicants different from foreign applicants. In the US an initial filing can be done in any language.