So I Kickstarted my idea…do I need to defend it?
January 14, 2014 11:28 AM Subscribe
I ran a Kickstarter last month to develop a language learning app. It ended up getting a lot of media attention and doing really well. I'm a few days into setting up the business side of things, as I prepare to actually *receive* the Kickstarter funds, and I'm wondering whether I have any protections from a bigger company coming in, using my ideas and making their own competitor products.
posted by sdis to Law & Government (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Basically I'm developing two products: an app that trains your ears in the pronunciation of a new language in a couple of weeks, and a word list that's organized in a particular order that makes it significantly easier and faster to memorize than other word lists. Both products are based upon research that's been around for 10-20 years, so the ideas aren't really new; it's just that I seem to be the first person making products based on those studies.
Is this my cue to go spend a bunch of the Kickstarter funds on IP lawyers and patent this stuff? Most of those funds are already earmarked for the project. Still, if this is the moment I need to do something legally, then I'll have to do what I have to do..