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I Created a Mobile App—Should I Market It or Try to Sell It to a Big Company?

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Joe Escalante
Hi Joe,

I created and published a mobile application that is published on iTunes and GooglePlay. HEIRLOOM is a mobile will creator that evokes the camera to capture images and allows the user to auto-populate the items into the specific bequests. I have a provisional patent filed.

Question: Should I market and pursue this business or pitch it to LegalZoom, Nolo Legal or another of the big boys in this industry? If so how do I get the info to the prospective buyer?

– Timothy Rizan


Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante

Hey Timothy.

That’s not so much of a legal question as much as a business strategy question. Should you invest money and keep all the rewards? Or let someone else invest their money and keep only a part, which might be bigger than 100% of what you get from doing it on your own?

It’s an age-old question. First thing I would do is to talk to an experienced patent lawyer to see two things:

  1. How much is the patent process going to cost, and
  2. What is the marketplace like for something like this.

A good patent attorney should know a little about the marketplace so he’s not wasting people’s money.

Good luck.

Attorney Joe Escalante answers your legal questions for free on our Facebook page every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. PT.


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March 28th, 2014 at 10:57 am

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