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it's your phone look like this dude these little icons these apps on your phone how many do you have a couple dozen maybe more than that do you have an idea for one that could improve our lives maybe you've got one that just plain looks cool can you patent it [Applause] hello my name is JD governor registered USPTO patent attorney and Managing Partner here at bold patents law firm today I want to dive in to helping you better understand how to patent an app I want you to know that we have time stamps down below in this video for you to jump ahead to specific keywords that you're looking for you can hang in there with me I love free to stay with me for the full video and a supplement I've written a blog article to go into each of these subjects in more details so please go to bold IP com forward slash blog today to click on that blog article all right let's jump into the content here step number one software and enter ship and ownership this is key I usually work with inventors that are just starting out and one of the things I always flag initially is I ask hey what is your day job some of them are working on the project on the side moonlighting and it's a key part of making sure we have protections for that inventor to look at their employment contract making sure that their employer isn't going to own what they're inventing so before we get started and certain before we take their money I want to make sure we're clear about ownership secondly is it's almost always the case that people are working together when it comes to software there's so many moving parts whether its development user testing getting things off the ground you're usually working with more than one person so co-inventors need to be pulled in very early in the process so that we get as much about the invention upfront step 2 researching other apps and this is something I encourage my inventors to do before they start working with us and before we start moving too much further along we've got to make sure that they're convinced that what they're doing is new it's okay that's not new and right plenty of products have been successful in the market but that's the foundational principle to get a patent as it must be novel so take a look research other apps and prove to yourself that what you're doing is different step 3 you've got to find a software patent attorney someone that is educated not just in the law but understands new tech so a software patent attorney is one that's going to help walk you through the details of the specification the way that formatting is gonna work on the drawings user interfaces graphical user interfaces digital virtual reality interfaces cutting-edge right this is super important you have an attorney and only with the legal background but someone that has that software background in terms of Education and work with inventions that have been successfully patented step four software app invention disclosure this is one of those exciting parts about what I get to do is hear that the guts how the secret sauce right of how you're getting your invention to work it's actually hard believe it or not to get inventors to totally open up right even with patent attorneys we have to take sometimes one to two weeks to make sure we fully understand and the full scope and breadth of your invention so it's okay it's a natural process if we understand there's some hesitation there's even some issues where you're not sure how some things work that's okay that's part of the beauty of inventing is there's always ways to improve always ways to keep on developing step five is a professional software patent search you bet we're gonna start with building a foundation built on research and diligence our team is experts at searching worldwide so look at all previous patents that have been filed and any non patent literature which can include academic literature publications on Kickstarter social media you name it anything the examiners gonna find later we want to find it first filing a provisional or non provisional patent application for your out that's next if we've done the search and confirm it what you've got is new we're gonna recommend that you file either a provisional or non provisional patent application again please take a look at our blog I've got a wonderful explanation of the difference between the each of those I won't go into that detail here but I will say that getting that filing date is critical and for some of these technologies that are changing every four to five years we will probably recommend that you follow a non-provisional patent application first to make sure you get your rights as soon as possible last but not least filing the application with the USPTO this is the least glamorous process right but we're gonna work with you with our paralegals to get the application datasheet invention disclosure statement and all the right both and declaration documents put together so that your invention is filed properly the right way the first time I will leave you with this grab a copy of our book I've got a free digital download for you today if you go to bold IP comm 4 slash free this is we'll go through all the differences of patent law in general the differences between trademark copyright and trade secret I'm so glad you watched this video go big Doble you
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- Cecil Malamud
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I've studied indian religions at Bacone College in Muskogee and I am an expert in forensic pathology. I usually feel irate. My previous job was medical examiner/coroner I held this position for 26 years, I love talking about driving and photo: jakob owens. Huge fan of Amy Winehouse I practice rowing and collect cards.
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