What are the IP issues related to apps?
My company wants to develop an application for a mobile device. What do we need to know about the IP issues involved?
Developing an app for a mobile device is not unlike other
types of software development. Thought should be given to
protecting patents, copyrights, trade marks and trade secrets
that might be embodied in the app, with some special
considerations for user-developed content and third-party
Own the copyright in your own app Perhaps the most common
pitfall is when companies hire outside contractors to develop
an app – or any other software – based on
specifications and/or functionality provided to the contractor
by one or more employees of the company. There is nothing
inherently wrong with this approach, as long as your vendor
contracts include both a so-called work for hire clause and an
assignment clause. That is, to the extent the software can be
considered a work made for hire under US copyright law (which
is not always the case), the contract says so, and to
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