iPhone App Intellectual Property - Who Owns my Idea? | Accella Accella

Who Owns My App Idea?

Many of our clients have concerns over who owns the idea for their mobile app or website. Without a doubt our clients own the intellectual property for their mobile app and website as well as the source code.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

If you are on the lookout for a design or development company, make sure you protect yourself by having all parties sign a mutual NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). We probably sign 8-10 of these each week with various prospects so we have no problem offering up ours or signing one that our clients have.

Any firm that is not willing to sign an NDA with you should be reviewed rather cautiously.

What About the Source Code? Who Owns That?

Accella’s clients are the proud owners of their source code. While we do retain a copy of the code on file so that we can make modifications and updates, at the end of the project, or at any point throughout the project, our clients have access to the source code.

Any firm that charges you for the rights or access to your source code should likewise be reviewed cautiously. The danger is that if you don’t own your source code you are paying a lot of money for the design and development of your application/website without owning it outright. We have worked with too many clients that have been burned by working with firms that hold on to the source code. The last thing you want to do is pay a law firm way too much money to get what rightfully should be yours.

Is my Idea Safe?

Your idea is 100% safe with Accella. First, by signing an NDA it pretty much guarantees the safety of your idea and bars our company from either developing your idea without your permission or selling it to other parties. Additionally, Accella does not own our own applications or run our own websites (aside from this one). All of our time and effort is spent working on our client’s projects and ensuring their success.

If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your web or mobile application idea, whether it is for the iPhone, iPad, Android, or BlackBerry platform, please feel free to reach out to us.