Question is, can you protect this basic idea against copycats who seek to profit on it? If so, how? If not, what can you protect? In this post, we’ll explore how (and if) copyrights, patents, and trademarks can keep your hard work and intellectual property all your own when you enter the world of mobile app development and how to create an app that doesn’t get you into an unnecessary legal situation. What Should I Do First? There’s a lot of moving parts going on when you start the process of mobile app development. The first step is to secure your team, regardless of size or trust level. Make sure that anyone that has any contact with your app signs a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Copyright: In addition to books, songs, and plays, copyright protection actually also covers original code that you wrote for your app. More about this later. Trademark: The icon on the app store and the user’s phone, and any other symbols or unique design that identifies your app. Patent: The process by which your particular app interacts with your code, servers, and the user qualifies. Again, having an experienced attorney and app development team on your side to point these things out is a wise choice.