I have an idea for a great online mobile app that will go gangbusters once launched. At present it is currently sketched on paper and at the early stages of creation. I would like to know a few things from the Law experts on what direction to take and who to speak to . The main concern is that when I start specifically talking to people about my app idea, particularly at prototype development stage, it can be stolen by someone and then others could create what I believe is a game changing app. How do I make sure, both domestically and internationally, that I am protected from having my app idea taken and redeveloped? What is the best way to protect my idea and future creation? Can/should I register a patent? Can/should I register a trademark? Who/what government/private departments can I speak to in relation to getting my app idea protected? The current research that I am undertaking is IP Australia. What catagory would an app fall under? Patent protection - software? Copyright? Should I attempt to find an intellectual property law professional for advice? I currently live in Albury/Wodonga on the border of NSW and Victoria. What other departments of advice can I look at or research to assist myself with these enquiries? Any and all professional assistance/guidance would be greatly appreciated and not forgotten! Thankyou in advance!