The Apple iPad is an interesting new device that, like the iPhone, could change the way that we interact with computers and the Internet. With that said, it is important that App Store developers protect their legal rights when creating applications for the Apple iPad. iPad developers should retain a trademark attorney to perform a trademark availability search for the proposed application's name. If that name is available, iPad developers should seek trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to protect their application's valuable name. This is especially important in light of the past trademark issues that have arisen between developers of iPhone apps.
Secondly, iPad developers should seek copyright registration for their application, including the code and the graphical user interface elements. If your application contains a creative GUI, it is important to protect that GUI from theft by other developers. Finally, new iPad developers should consider forming a business entity, such as a LLC or closely held corporation, so that they can limit themselves and their assets from personal liability.