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Old 11-08-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Hello all
I had an idea for a utility app when I bought my iphone 3gs years ago, and assumed something like it would be released soon as it seemed like a natural progression of the technology. I just recently checked, and was surprised that several apps have been released that utilize the technology for other purposes, but none do the task required. I personally know several thousand people who would pay about $10 for an app that will do exactly what is required.
So my question: How would I go about sourcing people to produce this app? I can front the money, but I'm concerned about the idea or tech being stolen along development, as well as producing it reasonably as I am not a millionaire.
Are there any copyrights in place for apps, or can anyone copy my idea once released?
Any ideas where to start?

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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If it's an original idea, you can patent it.

A developer working for you under contract would presumably have a noncompete and/or an NDA.

In both cases, you'll probably want a lawyer to help you with the paperwork.
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If it's an original idea, you can patent it.

A developer working for you under contract would presumably have a noncompete and/or an NDA.

In both cases, you'll probably want a lawyer to help you with the paperwork.
If the Smart Phone wars taught me anything, it's that you cannot patent an idea. You can patent a method, but not an idea.
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If the Smart Phone wars taught me anything, it's that you cannot patent an idea. You can patent a method, but not an idea.
Quite right, I misspoke.
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Thanks. I'd be looking at a software developer from India/china etc to make development affordable. I need to do more networking to get the ball rolling.
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