Planning, designing, developing, implementing and deploying a software application is a herculean task, let alone the money and efforts spent in advertising, branding and marketing. Therefore, a software application may look simple, efficient and user-friendly to the users, but does have a lot of monetary and human efforts behind it.
A software developer is successful when his work is recognized and appreciated by his customers and more importantly when they give due credits to his works by purchasing it through legal means. This is at the end-user level. What about mischievous competitors or hackers or competitors who may involve in acts such as creating serial keys, counterfeiting, distributing through peer-to-peer networks, etc.
Ways to protect to your software?
Patents – Patents can prevent a competitor from making or selling software that utilizes technology covered by your patent. Software companies often use patents to block competitors or extract licensing or royalty fees.
Copyrights – Copyrights can prevent a competitor from replicating your software program, documentation and code. This includes the structure, sequence, organization and “look and feel” of a program. However, copyrights protect only the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. Copyrights do not protect program logic, algorithms, systems, methods, concepts, or output layouts.
Trademark – Trademarks can protect the name of a software company, its products and taglines, and prevent competitors from using similar names. Trademarks protect software brands, but not the software or code itself.
How trademark protects your company and your software products?
- Trademarks can protect the name of a software company, its products and taglines, and prevent competitors from using similar names. Trademarks protect software brands, but not the software or code itself.
- You can claim a trademark simply by adding “TM” to a name, after filing your trademark application.
- Registering your trademarks serves as a public notice of your mark ownership and enables you to use the ® symbol.
- Provides a legal presumption of your ownership nationwide, and
- Grants you the exclusive right to use the mark.
How to Obtain a Trademark
For general information on how to obtain a trademark in India, please click the following link: Trademark Registration in India
To know more about how to apply for Trademark Registration, please click the following link: Online Trademark Application in India
Freelancers coders, competitors and other mischievous elements can get access to your program through various means and involve in such activities infringing your copyrights as well as causing monetary damage as counterfeiting, distributing illegally through peer-to-peer networks, generating and distributing cracks, serials keys, etc.
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