Can we get a patent for an iphone application?

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  1. saligh22 macrumors newbie

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    I have a good idea for a simple iphone application. Is it possible to get a patent for it?
     
  2. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, sure. Send me your idea via PM and I'll send you one.


    Honest...
     
  3. bjquach macrumors 6502

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    Maybe if Apple adopts it as a standard iPhone app and they buy the idea off of you.
     
  4. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    and if you have a few extra k laying around?
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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  6. w00master macrumors 65816

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    Not to stir up the pot, but I'm thoroughly against the notion of software patents. I am in favor of software copyright, but not patents. TERRIBLE idea.

    Before anyone says anything, I have to ask: why is it we can't get a "patent" for a cooking recipe?

    w00master
     
  7. chriszzz macrumors 6502

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  8. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Plus an idea is practically worthless until it becomes reality. There's a very large gap between a great idea and a great product.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Make it and then copyright it; don't think of something and hope to make money suing random people because you were too lazy to do any real work (this is for anyone considering it).
     
  10. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

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    exactly

    It's really sad, I had high school friends that were brilliant, and now they are stuck working minimum paying jobs. A lot of them have this similar mindset " If I could just patent this idea I have, I would be a millionaire'

    :(:(:(
     
  11. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, you can't patent an idea either. You have to reduce your idea to practice before you can try to get a patent.
     
  12. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone clarify what happens in the situation where two developers have been independently working on an application and their implementations and user interfaces are very similar but one of the developers releases his/her app first.

    Does this mean that the second developer (that would be me in this case...) cannot release his application on the basis that it might be deemed to be a copy of the first app? I'm sure this sort of thing must happen all the time and there must be loads of overlap within the App store but I wanted to clarify the situation. To my mind the way it should work is that both apps (with presumably different names) should be allowed to co-exist and then the one which is best should prevail based on customer feedback, updates etc.

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Usually, nothing.

    It's not uncommon for more than one person to come up with very similar implementations. Especially if the current state of the art naturally leads you there.

    For example, Safari has Prev-Next buttons during input. I publicly predicted them (from personal experience), before anyone had seen them in action. Even the .com button while entering a URL isn't anything new.

    Just using the core concept also isn't enough. Look at all the fart apps.

    One developer would have to be really convinced that the other developer used their code or graphics... and take legal action, with proof.

    Yep, that's what usually happens.
     
  14. saligh22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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