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PROTECTION OF MOBILE APPS UNDER IP LAWS There is no paucity of mobile applications; there’s an app for almost everything today. From sending mails to transferring money or shopping online and for entertainment, the users are spoilt for choices. The mobile application industry is constantly evolving, and during the pandemic it has become a significant part of our lives with apps such as Aarogya Setu helping us monitor ourselves & the surroundings to keep us safe from the virus. In addition, the mobile application industry is being led by four major app stores, i.e. Apple App store, Google Play, Windows Phone store & Blackberry App world. PROTECTION UNDER IP LAWS The following aspects of a mobile applications can be accorded protection under the IP laws: The name of the App can be trademarked The technology behind the App can be patented The design on the icon of the App can be trademarked The code of the App can be copy righted The layout of the App can be copyrighted COPYRIGHT Copyright is granted to authored, literary & artistic work. In a mobile application, the software codes fall under the category of literary work and hence they are a subject matter of copyright, since they comprise of elements such as comments, variables which can be replaced, easily. Apart from software codes, screen flows & user interface can also be

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