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Mon Oct 10, 2016, 11:48 AM

App developer's business question.

A friend and I have a great idea for an app.

Now here is what we need to find out - (And we are using a hypothetical to not give away our good idea)

Let's say it is sometime in the past, 20xx, rather than 2016.

And we have a great idea for an app that would let your smart phone determine how many calories are being burned, how many steps you have taken, yr heart rate etc.

No one else that we know of has done this yet (it is after all, the year 20xx)

So do we first patent our idea? (I don't think patents are allowed, but figure folks here would know more than me.)

Also, how do we find out if someone else is doing this, and maybe so far along in the process
that we shouldn't bother? With patents a person in Calif can simply go down to an office in Sunnyvale, or even on line, and research their good idea, but with apps, how do you know what is being worked on?

Thanks to any and all replies.

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truedelphi Oct 2016 OP
KeepItReal Oct 2016 #1
truedelphi Oct 2016 #2
discntnt_irny_srcsm Oct 2016 #3
truedelphi Oct 2016 #4
KeepItReal Oct 2016 #5
BlueStateLib Oct 2016 #6

Response to truedelphi (Original post)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 11:52 AM

1. Yes, you could search patent applications online

And also search the two app stores, Apple iOS and Google Android to see if the idea has already been implemented.

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Response to KeepItReal (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 12:23 PM

2. Great ideas, thanks. n/t

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Response to truedelphi (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 12:49 PM

3. Of course with google spying on everyone's searches...

...they may discover what you're planning. Maybe not but it's a gamble.

If I were the big fish in the little pond, I would.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 03:46 PM

4. As app illiterate as I may be, I have thoughtof

That very thing. Why wouldn't they spy on what app people are looking for and then save everyone else the trouble of developing that app?

It is Edison School of Invention 101 !

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Response to truedelphi (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 04:53 PM

5. You're welcome!

Hope your concept is unique!

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Response to truedelphi (Original post)

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 06:13 PM

6. i searched keyword 'codec'

http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=codec&Search_Code=FT*&PID=R9j6pzSx2Gz_YMeqIgX31dnDW&SEQ=20161010191034&CNT=25&HIST=1

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