Benefits of patenting an app
Patenting an app has several benefits:
First of all, while you are working on your app’s concept, you might bounce off ideas with various people. Like rings in the water, your concept can quickly travel further than you intended, especially if it’s a financially sound idea.
Second, when you are finally ready to develop the app, you’ll need either to hire your own team or an app development agency. In any case, more people will get involved and get access to all the research and ideas you have to present to have the app developed.
Third, even if you make it through concept and development and launch the app, there’s still the risk of copycats who can make their own version of your original app idea and make a negative impact on your app revenue.
Fourth, who’s to say someone else won’t claim you stole their idea and file a patent infringement lawsuit of their own? They might have filed a patent after taking your original idea and require you to withdraw your app, which could end up costing your entire business. It’s important to remember that patents are not given to the inventor necessarily but rather to the first person who registers and receives the patent.
Once you patent your app, you will have a proven timeline and record in case any of these scenarios happen.