In California, a unique challenge arises when the creator is an independent contractor. An independent contractor who enters into an agreement with a work made for hire clause triggers California Employment Law provisions, which can create significant headaches for the commissioning party.
Developing an app is extremely time-intensive and expensive, so it makes great business sense to try and protect your app idea. Protecting an app, however, is not as straight forward as other technologies. This blog post aims to summarize key areas of law, and the protection afforded to app developers.