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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

Mobile application or software or the computer program can be protected by copyright law and patent law. Under copyright law, software or the computer program is usually regarded as a "literary work"....
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Can a copyright be used as a substitute for a patent?

I think you're misunderstanding what a copyright does. No, a copyright is no substitution for a patent, in any way, shape, or form. I posted an answer a few months ago on Startups Stack Exchange ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

You have provided very little information about what you your app is doing. But based on what you have provided, I believe it is unlikely that you could receive patent protection. Generally speaking,...
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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

Design patents protect the "look and feel" of a GUI. You don't have to show copying the way you do with copyright. A design patent is infringed if another GUI would be confused for yours by an ...
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Does Copyright provide invention protection?

If you've invented a new mousetrap, you could certainly copyright a document describing it. However, the copyright would not prevent others from making, using, or selling the mousetrap, but just from ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

There is not a simple answer to this question. Have you already shipped the app? In the US, you only have one year to file a patent application after the invention has been on sale. As a result, ...
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Publish a PDF copy of the patent

Yes. The patent is a public document which anyone can download for free from the USPTO. You are free to post a copy to your homepage.
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Should I use patents or copyright law to protect my ideas?

Software or computer program can be protected by copyright law and patent law. Under copyright law, software or the computer program is usually regarded as a "literary work". The unique ...
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Should I use patents or copyright law to protect my ideas?

Copyright covers original expression. If you wrote your own original computer program, whether open source or not, it is a copyrighted work, similar to a painting, novel or music recording. Copyright ...
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Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?

Copyrighted? Yes. Enforceable? Probably not. In the USA, the copyrighted nature of patents and applications for patents would, like anything else, initially depend upon when and how it was created and ...
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Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?

With apologies to the OP's narrow original question, given that questions involving distinct legal issues and non-US jurisdictions are being closed as duplicates, there are some points that I think ...
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Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?

For UK patent and patent application specifications published on or after 1 August 1989, copyright remains with the applicant or proprietor (apparently regardless of who drafted the application). (...
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How to get Copyright permission for a figure in a patent

You need not obtain permission to use the figure as per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_on_the_content_of_patents_and_in_the_context_of_patent_prosecution#cite_note-2 Also, see answers to this ...
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To use "copywrite" to protect an invention.

Copyright Act of 1976 prevents the unauthorized copying of a work of authorship. However, only the copying of the work is prohibited--anyone may copy the ideas contained within a work. A patent is a ...
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Am I allowed to test and research with Graphene

Further to this, experimental use of patented inventions does not generally constitute infringement under the doctrine of experimental use. It is part of the quid pro quo bargain of patent systems.
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Am I allowed to test and research with Graphene

Nobody can stop you from playing with Graphene-- it is in your pencil. Graphene wasn't invented, it was discovered. Means of producing graphene (such as in sheets) and ways to use it are being ...
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What copyright or patent infringements could I step into by remaking an old game?

Software as such are potentially patentable. However there is quite some limitations to this, even in the US. See for a related question that has been answered here:Can I patent a new internet based ...
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How can I protect a new form of physical fitness, using conventional workout routines and moves, on an non-conventional surface?

First off, don't disclose any more details about your ideas on the Internet. Also, don't disclose the idea to others without a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in place first. Almost any public ...
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How Do I avoid being sued for patent infringement when publishing my mobile app?

From your question, it is clear you have a misunderstanding between patent and copyright. I suggest you begin by reading this introduction from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A ...
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Do the weights of a neural network get any kind of IP protection?

Do the weights of a neural network get any kind of IP protection? Almost certainly not, as they are obvious (in a patent sense). The reasoning for this is a little bit indirect. Neural networks in ...
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Who owns copyright to computer code disclosed in a patent?

For the U.S. - In the U.S. in 1988 the US patent rules had an addition saying that a patent application could include a copyright notice but, if so, needed the following disclaimer of those rights "A ...
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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

Patents were systematically granted in Venice as of 1450, where they issued a decree by which new and inventive devices had to be communicated to the Republic in order to obtain legal protection ...
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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

You have a lot of interesting questions, and the subject of patent term length is actually very important to the tech industry. I would suggest the paper An Empirical Study of the Twenty-Year Patent ...
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How to protect my idea/prototype at little or no cost?

If you are concerned about third parties manufacturing your device and/or using your device in China, then you need to protect your invention by means of a Chinese utility model and/or a Chinese ...
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How to protect my idea/prototype at little or no cost?

I do work with startup companies. One way they handle this sort of thing is to keep the invention secret while attempting to obtain funding. To do this, you have to execute confidentiality agreements ...
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In India, Can we patent a 3-D printed Teaching Learning Material (TLM)

The main answer to your question (which needs clarification without disclosing the invention itself) is that being manufactured on a 3D printer does not in itself disqualify the invention from ...
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Can I patent and create an existing service with a different name, in a different state?

I'm assuming what you mean by states are states within the United States. Patents have jurisdiction in a specific country not specific states. A US patent covers all of the United States. Even if ...
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Can I copy parts of applications that are not specific to the invention?

Can I copy parts of applications that are not specific to the invention? Probably, but maybe not. The key issue comes down to whether your copying would infringe the original author's copyright. ...
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I need to find out about keeping my sketch secured

The agreement is binding (to the extent of its wording and if they signed it to). To protect your work from being patented by somebody else you can either file a patent/utility model/design or ...
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Does Copyright provide invention protection?

I believe the advisor from the investor circle confuses copyright with trademark. If your invention contains ornamental elements that were inherent to your invention, then it's possible to file for ...
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