Can you patent your mobile app?

by May 2, 2022Patent

Smartphones are the centre of our lives today. From mobile commerce to healthcare, mobile apps can seemingly do it all. Developers of these apps create very unique solutions to customer problems. And we are getting a lot of developers asking questions about whether or not it’s possible to patent your mobile app.

Yes! You can patent your mobile app provided you have a novel invention, that meets the requirements of the patent office in your country, and allows patenting of software inventions.

For example, if your mobile app includes features that can only be used in conjunction with another device or sensor, then those features may be eligible for a patent. If, on the other hand, your mobile app includes features that are available to the public or can be developed by anyone with a smartphone, and is common knowledge, then those features may not be eligible for patent protection.

To determine whether or not you may qualify for a patent on your mobile app, you’ll need to consult with an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law.

What is a Mobile App?

A mobile app is a software application that runs on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. They can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including communication, entertainment, education, and business. They can also be used to access information and services that are not available on the device’s native operating system. Apps can be developed using a range of programming languages and tools.

What is Patent Application Process?

To apply for a patent, you must first complete the patent application process. This involves completing the appropriate forms and submitting them to the patent office of the particular country or jurisdiction (Indian Patent Office, US Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office, etc.).

Patent applications are a legal way to protect your intellectual property. To file a patent application, you need to provide detailed information about your invention. This information includes the invention’s name, description, how it works, and any drawings or photos that support your claims.

Once you’ve submitted your application, the patent office will review it for potential patentability. If the patent office decides that your invention is eligible for a patent, it will grant you a patent. You can then use this patent to protect your intellectual property from other people who might try to copy or use it without permission.

Can You Patent Your Mobile App?

Patenting a mobile app can be a difficult process. If your app includes new and innovative technology, you may be able to get a patent. However, if your app is just an updated version of an existing application, you may not be able to secure a patent. Additionally, making changes to the app’s design or functionality after it has been patented may not protect those new changes in the original patent.

Apps can be patented depending on the specific features that make them unique. For example, an app that enables users to make payments using their smartphone could be patented as a payment system. Apps that include innovative user interfaces or data visualization techniques could also be patented. 

In order to patent an app, it must be original, useful and not currently available on the market. The app must also have a new or innovative user interface or data visualization technique. In order to qualify for a patent, the app must also be novel and not be based on an existing invention. 

Mobile apps are softwares. And softwares are not patentable in all countries. Some jurisdictions outright refuse to patent softwares, whereas some jurisdictions like India has a policy to evaluate them on case by case basis.

In general, an app can be patented if it features a unique invention. However, it is important to note that patenting an app does not automatically make it commercially successful. Creating a high-quality app that is user-friendly, innovative and attractive to potential customers is key in achieving success with a mobile app.


The answer to the question “can you patent your mobile app?” is yes, you can! However, there are some important things to consider before filing a patent application.

First, it is important to understand that a patent covers an invention, not just list of features of a mobile app. 

Second, there are some specific things you need to include in your patent application if you want to protect your mobile app. For example, your application must include detailed information about the app (including its features and how it works).

Thirdly, it’s important to keep in mind that patents can take years to be approved and become legally enforceable. So make sure you have everything that may be developed or added as a feature to your mobile app covered before applying for a patent.

Fourthly, mobile apps are softwares. Softwares are not patentable in all countries and jurisdictions. Consult a patent attorney to learn if you can patent softwares in your country.

Finally,  keep in mind that mobile apps are constantly evolving, so you may need to apply for new patents as new features or technologies are developed.

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