Can I patent my mobile app?

 ‘Yes’, as long as what the app does, in terms of processing, communications and other functions, is new and useful, i.e. has never been done before.  The requirements for patentability of a mobile app are no different from any other software-based inventions or computer-implemented inventions i.e. novelty and inventive step.  However, you have ask yourself whether getting a patent in a fast-changing market is worthwhile.  Computer-implemented inventions are generally patentable in Canada and the US, however, other jurisdictions such as Europe, place stricter limits on the patenting of software-based inventions.
Many mobile device apps exist in two parts, i.e. an app which runs on the user’s device, and a remote server which may retain persistent user information and/or other data, or act as a processing center or a conduit for communications between end-users.  Any of the interactions and processing occurring at the mobile device(s), or at a server, or indeed any unique client/server transactions which take place, may form the basis for a patentable claim.

When dealing with mobile developers, we generally recommend filing a provisional patent application before making key disclosures to investors, and before the launch date of the mobile app, followed by non-provisional (utility) patent application 12 months later.  That one year gives you time to assess whether the market reaction is favorable enough to pursue a non-provisional patent application. This strategy enables you to minimize your upfront costs in the patent process, while maintaining your rights to pursue patent protection for your mobile app while you explore the market.

If you would like to discuss a strategy for patenting your mobile app, please contact Sabeta IP for a free initial consultation.


Virtual Competitive Group Management Systems and Methods

An interactive game matches players into competitive groups for tournament style competitions of finite length, manages game scheduling and notifications to participants, and provides reward and public recognition for performance amongst other game players as displayed in a rank listing format, in said competitive group during the competition.  Read more.
Hothead Games, Inc. , Vancouver, BC.
No. of patent applications: 2

Utility Monitoring Device, Method and System

A monitoring device, system and method are provided for in-home/on-premises monitoring of usage of utilities, such as electricity and other services. The monitoring device receives information from a smart meter, and displays usage through a display, illuminating an area using a colour indicative of the current cost of consumption, and varying the illuminated area at a rate indicative of a rate of consumption or other metric, the varying of the illuminated area simulating movement in the display. The display provides a consumer with “at a glance” visual information on current usage.  Read more.
Aztech Associates, Inc. , Kingston, ON


No. of patents: 1

No. of patent applications:1


Method and System for Publishing Template-based Content


A method is provided for publishing content on a mobile device. In response to a request for content from the mobile device, information is retrieved from an application on the device setting out the device’s capabilities and native feature set. This device information is then matched to an applicable template via a platform lookup matrix. The matched template is sent to the device for rendering with content, the template including a combination of components reliant on the device’s native feature set and generic components from a standard. A programmed mobile device for receiving and rendering published content is also provided.


No. of patent applications: 8

Vehicle Traffic and Vehicle Related Transaction Control System

A location enabled mobile wireless device and central system cooperate to provide traffic control such as vehicle inspection site services and toll station services. Traffic control information such as vehicle inspection site information and toll station information is independently processed by a third party provider and sent to the central system. The mobile wireless device monitors its location and sends location and vehicle related information to the central system. The central system compares data from the third party provider and the mobile wireless device. The mobile wireless device or the central system take an action based on the comparison, such as toll payment or vehicle inspection site operations.

Intelligent Imaging Systems Inc., Edmonton, AB

No. of patent applications: 1

Method and System for Providing Newsfeed Updates

A method and computer system for providing newsfeed updates is provided. Event data for a set of events from at least one enterprise resource planning application is received via a newsfeed application executing on a computing device. A first newsfeed is generated for a first party from the event data.  A second newsfeed is generated for a second party from the event data.  The second newsfeed is more generic than the first newsfeed.

Commonsku Inc., Toronto, ON

No. of patent applications: 1


Health and Safety Data Management System

A health and safety data management system allowing quick and easy storage and organization of a company’s health and safety information, as well as user-friendly and computerized employee access to this health and safety information from the shop floor. All the information is entered into the system via a web-based interface, and that information is then replicated to a plurality of remote, ruggedized touchscreen workstations via the web. A separate web-based interface allows emergency services personnel to access the health and safety information directly online for customers in their jurisdiction. Read more

Hazmat Systems Inc., Pincourt, QC

No. of patent applications: 1

Payment Systems and Methods Using Mobile Computing Devices

Systems and methods for the processing of payments to retail establishments using mobile computing devices. A user of a mobile computer device takes a digital image of a specific bar code at a retail establishment. A token is then derived from the bar code and the token is transmitted by the device to a server with whom the device and its user are registered with. The retail establishment packages the details regarding the proposed purchase by the user along with a token derived from the same bar code. The retail establishment then sends the package to the same server. The server then checks the two tokens received and, if they match, then the server effects payment from one of the user’s payment options to the retail establishment. Both the user and the retail establishment are then notified of the payment.

Vivonet, Inc., Burnaby, BC

No. of patent applications: 3