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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 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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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

Although design patents might be a good way to go, you may be able to gain some measure of protection for your gui with copyright. The pdf found here provides more information than I can provide in ...
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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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How does one start patenting an idea in India?

Obtaining a patent is a first step to compete with commercial competitors. According to the The Patent Act, 1970. The following are not inventions according to section 3(k) of Indian Patent Act, 1970 ...
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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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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

Others have mentioned design patents and copyright. Those are worth considering. Remember that your published work is automatically protected by copyright, but registering the copyright simplifies any ...
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Combining 2 inventions risk

You can try to combine them into one patent but the patent authority may not allow you to. If you do, you should have separate claims covering each function. As long as there are separate claims, no ...
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Patent for mobile application outside USA

Patents are issued for protection of a claimed INVENTION, not just "ideas". Your invention (and ideas) can be freely implemented and marketed (without your permission) in any country where you have ...
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Patent for mobile application outside USA

"The patent laws of the United States make no discrimination with respect to the citizenship of the inventor. Any inventor, regardless of his/her citizenship, may apply for a patent on the same basis ...
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Mobile Payment patent: Why is the last step of Claim 1 there? It seems to contradict the second to last step of Claim 1

The key is in "or." wherein providing the code or token alone does not enable completion of the transaction. The token alone can't complete it, and the code alone can't complete it. You need to ...
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U.S. patent for mobile app

It's a tricky area legally. I don't think your scenario would even get to legal action, however. It's much more likely that the patent holder would complain to the app store. The most likely outcome ...
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Mobile App Patent

You can perform a patentability search by searching on Google patents and on the USPTO to figure out generally what has already been patented and what patent applications have been filed. However, in ...
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Dating App Patents

First and foremost, it's quite common for companies to cross-license patents. In that situation, for a totally hypothetical example, Grindr might approach Zoosk and say "we have [this patent] that we ...
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Patent mobile app prior to development?

Eric, yes it does make sense. Have you continued to develop the application or work on pursuing patent protection since you posted this question? You do not need to have a full working application ...
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Mobile taxi service - Ordering transportation through a mobile device (Uber) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The payment part is described in this MIT article on M-PESA as a way to pay for taxi fares from a mobile phone. ... e‐float transfers are often used to pay directly for goods and services, from ...
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