How to Protect Your App Idea?
While there's no need to spend sleepless nights over a developer stealing your idea, here's the legal way to sign a contract with the developer, 'to protect my app idea' (a question that worries many). This should calm your nerves.
Let's be frank, nobody can steal your idea and make a lot of money unless they also have the research, business plan, marketing and promotion ideas etc for the iPhone app. Mere ideas are aplenty in this world. The execution of the app idea is what determines success or failure.
Anyways, when your app is out and if it happens to be a great idea, there will be 'me toos' in a couple of weeks. So, the protection of the app idea has limitations.
Ideal way to protect my App
The best way is to do build a great product. Think about features that'll rock your users. Provide great user experience. Have a neat marketing plan that includes press releases, app reviews, social media, blogs, TV and Radio. Don't forget that the design elements of the iPhone app is as important as the code and marketing.
When you talk to a developer, tell him the high level plan for your app. I mean just give him a broad idea of what you want developed as an iPhone app. Once you're comfortable with the person or company, request for a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
While its difficult to find someone accepting a non-compete clause, good developers will agree to a contract that governs agreement for use and non-disclosure of proprietary information.
What does the professional developer contract say?
Basically, the contract will talk about non-disclosure of the app related information (that you provide and discuss) to anyone outside the company. It will also say that no app-related information will be shared with any third party outside the scope of the project. Upon termination of the contract, the developer will agree to return all copies of written, recorded, graphical or other tangible proprietary information; or destroy it.
And, you may have to agree that the idea is wholly yours and the development of the iPhone application in no way infringes on the rights of any other person or company.
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