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With my programmer i have developed a ecommerce system to send gifts similar to vouchers via email, that only works in the industry that im in.Can i patent such a thing because im doing well and its only a metter of time before the competion does the same.
PS:please i would like to know how to do it , and how much it might cost.and asume i have enough money to support a patent even if it is not woth doing.
However, programs can be copyrighted, and you should definitely register a copyright if you intend to publish the code. If the code has already been published, it may be too late, though -- There is a time limit.
For U.S. patent, trademark, and copyright information, see [uspto.gov...]
Getting a patent can be done on your own, but it is not a process for the faint of heart. I recommend an attorney. Expect costs to be in the $10-12k range assuming no problems.