Introduction

This Mini Missing Manual explains four cost-effective ways to protect applications you develop for mobile devices. The info provided here won’t stop people from doing nasty stuff like misappropriating your secrets, stealing your name, and copying your code. But, if any of those things happen, it’ll give you the legal ammunition you need to recover your losses and, in some cases, get money to pay attorney fees. In short, if someone takes your work and then tries to bully you because they can afford an expensive lawyer, the methods explained here will help you even the playing field. Equally important, taking these steps will reinforce your legal rights in the event that another company wants to acquire your apps. There’s one chapter for each of the four methods:

  • Trade secret protection. This kind of protection is helpful when you haven’t made your app available to the public and you want to show it to others—investors, beta testers, or contractors, for example. Chapter 1 explains what trade secrets are and how you can protect them. It also includes two standard nondisclosure agreements and explains of how to fill them out.
  • Copyright protection. Copyright is an effective means of protecting your whole app as well as individual parts of it such as the underlying code, appearance, and in some cases, the collection of data within your app. Chapter 2 covers basic copyright principles and shows you how to file a copyright application for your app.
  • Trademark protection ...

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