Can I patent an idea? 3 Answers as of September 21, 2010

Can I patent an idea that I have for a new software program without fully developing and writing the program beforehand?

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Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
An invention does not need to be physically created to be patentable. However, the patent process is expensive, and fully developing and writing your program is recommended in determining if it is worth the cost.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/21/2010
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
No. But, you will need to copyright and trademark it, when you actually have something to protect.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/21/2010
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Definitely if you can explain how it is made and how it works and the best way it is used. Probably about 50% of all patent applications are for unbuilt or fully developed inventions.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/20/2010
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