Intellectual Property Toolbox for Mobile App Developers
This toolbox offers practical guidance to app developers and app developer associations, companies developing mobile applications, research hubs, and others. It presents various tools on how to protect all or part of the IP in a mobile app.
The role of IPR in Mobile Apps’ Development and Commercialization
This module explains how intellectual property rights (IPRs) might be used or acquired during each of the life-cycle phases. It follows a hypothetical free-to-play gaming app, one of the most popular categories of mobile app.
This handbook is a practical tool for app developer organizations. It provides a thorough grounding in IP contract basics that is important to understand before consulting specialised IP professionals.
This tool addresses the interplay between the typology, existing business models, and IP surrounding mobile apps to guide successful financing strategies. It is targeted at app developers, app developer associations, and companies developing mobile apps.
This guide provides an overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes for Mobile Apps disputes. It also addresses the issues relating to the enhanced use of IP in the software sector, focusing on mobile applications.
This tool provides a deeper look at open-source software in mobile apps. Companies may share the burden of developing foundational technologies by using open source code, which is freely available for anyone to use, modify or distribute.
The five modules below explain how various types of IP interface with the mobile app market and describe the most relevant IP law aspects for app developers and publishers. These modules were developed by Dr. Andres Guadamuz, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property.
Module 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property
Module 1 provides an introduction to intellectual property law and the framework in which the IP legal principles operate.
Module 2: Copyright
Module 2 introduces copyright protection in detail, exploring concepts such as subject matter, originality, infringement, and defenses.
Module 3: Data, Databases and Trade Secrets
Module 3 discusses the relative lack of protection given to data, the lack of international harmonization, and database security.
Module 4: Trademarks and Designs
Module 4 discusses trademarks and designs, and it will also mention some relevant aspects, such as domain name registration.
Module 5: Enforcement and licensing
The last module looks at more specific questions surrounding the mobile app market, particularly those surrounding enforcement, licensing, and rights management.
The WIPO Committee on Intellectual Property and Development
The WIPO Committee on Intellectual Property and Development (CDIP) considers the enhanced use of IP by software developers as a topic of particular interest and has launched a specific project to this end.
The project seeks to improve the understanding of the potential of IP for income generation in mobile applications and to empower mobile application developers with tools for using IP in their work.