Top 5 Must have Intellectual Property Apps on your Smartphone
How long can you live without your smartphone? It wouldn’t be surprising if your answer is “Not for a long time.” According to a study, an average American adult spends around 3 hours on their smartphones every day. Now, this is quite understood and justifiable as there are apps available that cater to our every need – Be it networking, staying updated with trends (and friends), planning schedules, managing time, and becoming the best version of ourselves (Meditation apps, exercise apps, reading apps). The list is endless. There are apps available for almost anything and everything today, and it only makes sense that there are apps available related to Patents and Intellectual property that would make the life of newbies and IP Professionals alike a breeze.
While some apps cater to newbies to Intellectual property and get them a basic understanding of the nuances of patents, there are other apps that serve fully-fledged professionals ranging from analysts to attorneys, and individual inventors too, to conduct patent searches from their sleek smartphones.
There are dozens of IP law-related apps in the domain, and this being an exhaustive list, we picked the top 5 apps, which in our opinion are a must have in your devices. These apps made the cut after taking into account the following factors: the functionality, details, ease-of-using, and ratings of these apps. Most importantly, all these apps cater to Android users for free.
Without further ado, let’s scroll down the list. Shall we?
Targeted towards beginners, Learn IP Law familiarizes any newbie with the basic nuances of IP law. Developed by Professor Ned Snow of the University of South Carolina, the app was originally intended to be a study aid for the casebook authored by him, entitled – Intellectual Property: A Survey of the Law.
The app is designed to help the user easily understand the fundamental principles of intellectual property law in the United States. It explains the rules and laws that govern trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets, in a clear manner. Further, there are practice questions at the end of the lesson (along with answers) that would help you get a better grasp of the concept in practice.
The only drawback: The app needs an active connection to the internet to be able to access any content in the app. But that’s the least of the worries of a civilization that is connected to the web for almost the entire day. Further, it’s ad-free, so no random pop-ups while you’re trying to get a grasp on basics of US IP laws.
You can download the app here – Learn IP Law
Related Read: Basics of Intellectual property – Everything you need to know.
Targeted towards inventors and those with already a grasp of basics of IP, the Patent your idea app acts as a step-by-step guide that would familiarize you with the patenting process, the types of applications, the costs involved and a lot more.
Described as a mini-course with 18 short lessons, this app is great for anyone who is looking forward to patent their idea the DIY way. Along with the course material, the app also provides extra tools like reminders and notes which would aid your learning process, and ensure you complete the course successfully.
You can download the app here – Patent Your Idea
Anyone familiar with the basics of patenting would understand the value and need for conducting a thorough patent search. Designed keeping that need in mind, this app is perfect for individual inventors, engineers or researchers, who are in the process of writing a patent and wish to ascertain whether any patent exists similar to the one they wish to develop.
This app could help save time and money at the initial stage of patent development as you could conduct a basic search by yourself – to determine if an identical or confusingly similar patent is already granted for that product or process which you intend to develop – without having to hire an attorney or professional to conduct the search on your behalf.
Though it is always recommended that you hire an expert for conducting patentability searches, for the DIY enthusiasts, this app is a great option. It does not require any keywords, fields or Boolean operations to conduct the search and is user-friendly. It is also fast, powerful and very simple to use.
One of the best advantages of this app is you could search prior art on multiple databases, which include the United States Patent Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and it even searches Google Patents.
Further, the app does not require any additional signing procedures or passwords. Not just that, it also provides news and updates from USPTO, WIPO, and EPO.
All these features in a single app, for free – Impressive. Get the app here.
Relecura is another good app for conducting patent searches. It is an advanced app which also helps in analyzing a set of patents together by creating graphs. It requires a valid email address for sign-up, which is understood as it helps save the work done through this app on smartphones, and access it using laptops or desktops later.
This app – similar to the previous one – gets you access to patents worldwide on your smartphone. Additionally, it helps you conduct advanced patent searches using complex query strings or fields. On your smartphone. It offers all the benefits you could get from any quality paid database for free. The best part: There is a functionality that allows you to export as many as 100 documents of patents sets through email.
You can download the app here – Relecura Patent Analytics
All the apps mentioned above could assist you from ideation to patent filing. Now, once the patent application is ready to file or filed, it is time to concentrate on creating/building a brand and the first step toward it is to choose a trademark.
While choosing a trademark is not a very complex matter, it is very important that the trademark is available to be able to register it. How do you figure whether a trademark is taken or not?
A quick availability search for the mark on the USPTO site could do the job. This app is specially designed for that purpose, is easy to use and user-friendly. This app would save you the initial fees of a trademark attorney. Moreover, it also provides an option to conduct the search by the name of the owner which can help you identify the marks registered by your business competitors.
You can download the app here – US Trademark Search Tool
Well, this gets us to the end of our list. While there are numerous other apps that are country specific or pertinent to a particular type of IP law, these five apps are an absolute must-have for anyone who is trying to secure a patent and build their brand in the US. Did I mention they’re absolutely free?
Why not take advantage of the $0 pricing and download these apps today? Do let us know in the comment section how you liked them. If there are any other apps that you feel should have been in the list, do let us know. We’ll be happy to add them to this list!