Play Store, the Google service for the Android operating system that allows you to market and distribute the APP. Applications available through Google Play can be free or paid and can be downloaded directly to an Android device via the Play Store mobile app or by sending the application to a device from the Google Play website. To prevent malicious apps and software from being loaded in the store, the publication procedure of an APP has become rather widespread.
Installing the Application
The main steps required are listed as follows:
- • Connect to the Google Paly Developer site with a Google account, paying 25 euros in order to have the same privileges as a developer from here. The developer, after passing the security checks of the APP, can publish more than one application in the store.
- • Always use personal images, videos, drawings and music to avoid penalties for copyright infringement
- • The APK file (application source code) must be loaded in the appropriate screen, where you are asked to select the language and name of the APP.
- • 5 images (screenshoots) for the presentation of the APP with a minimum size of 330 pixels for the base and a maximum of its double for the height.
- • 500x500 pixel icon
- • Horizontal image 1024x500 pixels
If you do not meet the image size requirements, the upload process will stop.
- • Fill in the questionnaire declaring the non-use of violent images
- • Check the country where you want the APP to be available
- • Insert the link to make the privacy rules visible
- • Complete the content classification form (not aimed at children)
- • Fill in the price and distribution sheet
- • Implement and wait 24-48 hours for publication (To update, you only need to replace the APK file of the App with the following release)
There are computer and automatic systems capable of controlling the source code of the loaded APP, in order to combat malicious software and harmful viruses.
An example is provided by apparently harmless and free apps such as games that actually hide an automatic payment system by cheating the user, or apps that display illegal advertisements.
Google imposes some restrictions on the types of apps that can be published, in particular not allowing sexually explicit content, threats to minors, violence, bullying and harassment, hate speech, gambling, illegal activities.
Once the App is loaded on the Play Store, who could use it?
Each user must register with a google account associated with a phone number to verify his/her identity (obviously this is a first level identification which does not allow to identify a person with certainty as a digital identity does, but it is a good first step)
The data of each user must be encrypted so that unclear data is recorded in the database, to facilitate the protection of privacy.
Each user, as far as I am concerned, can:
- • View the map of all the pipes that appear on public land
- • View the pipes that pass in his private property and/or created by himself
A thief or an attacker like this cannot have the map of all the copper pipes of private properties available through the APP.
Who can register the passage of pipes on public soil?
This operation should be carried out by the municipal technical office which controls the work carried out on its territory by the contractor. In this way it would also be possible to avoid that any user, just for fun, could pass a gas pipe under the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
The utility of the APP is precisely to have a complete map of all the pipes, created through the cooperation of all, in order to avoid public or private damage (sudden and dangerous leaks of water and gas) during the excavations for the execution of a work of various kinds.
For the correct creation of the piping map:
- • The private user can choose whether to share his/her own creation on the App
- • The public user is obliged to make his/her own work visible
For our Pipes ScannAR APP they could be the following:
To use the Service, the User can open an account indicating all the data and information requested in a complete and truthful manner. It is not possible to use the Service without opening a User account. It is a full responsibility of the Users to keep their login credentials secure and to preserve their confidentiality. In order to do so, Users must choose a password that corresponds to the highest level of security available on the APP. By creating an account, the User agrees to be fully responsible for any activity carried out with his login credentials.
Users are required to inform the Owner immediately and unambiguously through the contact details indicated in this document if they believe that their personal information, such as the User account, login credentials or personal data, have been violated, unlawfully disseminated or subtracted.
Account shut down
The User is free to close their account and stop using the Service at any time by following this procedure:
- • Using the account closure tools available on this APP
- • By contacting the Data Controller at the addresses in this document..
Suspension and cancellation of the account
The APP Owner has the right to suspend or cancel a User's account at any time and at its discretion and without notice, if inappropriate, offensive or contrary to these Terms. The suspension or cancellation of the account does not give the User any right for compensation, or refund of any money. The suspension or cancellation of an account for reasons attributable to the User does not exempt the User from paying any fees or prices that may be applied.
Rights on the contents of the APP
The Owner holds and expressly reserves all intellectual property rights on the contents of the APP (3D library and graphic method for creating the map). Users are not authorized to use the contents in any way that is not necessary or implicit in the correct use of the Service. The User is authorized to use the contents limited to the period of subscription to the Service (paid APP) or indefinitely (Free App). Unless authorized in writing by the Owner, the improper use of the APP as an integration to a service offered for example through the website or of any kind will be considered a violation of the copyright of the Owner.
Contents made by Users
The Owner allows Private Users to upload their works on this APP by choosing to make them visible or not to other users. Users registered as Public Bodies, on the other hand, must necessarily make the maps created on the APP visible. When creating the content, the User declares that he is legally authorized to do so and confirms that said content does not violate the law and / or the rights of third parties. (in practice this is to prevent a user from registering the fake). Private Users acknowledge and accept that the contents offered by them through this APP, with their explicit consent, will be made available to other users. Public Users acknowledge and accept that the contents offered by them through this APP will be made available to other users.
It is the User's sole responsibility to ensure that the use of this APP and / or the Service does not violate the law, regulations or the rights of third parties. Therefore, the Owner retains the right to take any appropriate measures to protect their legitimate interests, and in particular to deny the User access to this APP and report any reprehensible activity carried out through this APP to the competent authorities – i.e. the judicial or administrative authority
- whenever there is a suspicion that the User violates the law, regulations, third party rights and / or the Terms, in particular, but without exclusions, by implementing one of the following activities:
- • pretend to satisfy any requirement for access to this APP such as the legal age;
- • hide their identity, use the identity of others or pretend to act in the name of a third party, if not authorized by that third party;
- • alter identifiers in order to hide or disguise the origin of their published content;
- • analyze or test the vulnerability of this APP, the services and networks connected to the APP, violate the security or authentication procedures;
- • install, integrate, upload or otherwise incorporate malware into the creations of this APP;
- • use this APP with malicious purpose; (e.g. tampering with some pipes or stealing copper pipes)
- • try and disrupt or tamper with the technological infrastructure in such a way as to cause damage or an excessive burden to this Service;
- • implement automated processes of extraction, collection or capture of information, data and / or content from this APP, unless expressly authorized by the Data Controller at the request of the Judicial Authority;
- • disseminate or publish false content or content that may cause unjustified alarm; (e.g. draw a gas pipe near a sensitive place at risk of attacks)
- • publish content or carry out activities that disrupt, interrupt, damage or otherwise violate the integrity of this APP. These activities include: spamming, the illegal dissemination of advertising, phishing, fraud against third parties, the spread of malware or viruses etc .;
Any intellectual or industrial property right, as well as any other exclusive right existing on the software or technology integrated in or relating to this APP is held by the Owner. The Owner may grant Users a revocable, non- exclusive, non-transferable or non-assignable license to use the software and / or technology integrated in this APP for the generation of new services. The license does not include any right of access by the User to, use or disclosure of the original source code. The techniques, algorithms and procedures contained in the software and the related documentation are exclusive property of the Owner. The granting of rights and licenses to the User ceases with immediate effect in the event of termination or expiration of the Agreement.
The User acknowledges that for the proper functioning of the APP the following are essential:
- • Authorization for Internet access and registration of your account
- • Activation of the location service to create the map while using the APP
Personal data can be used:
- • For managing the registration database
- • To send emails and communications
- • To collect reviews for the improvement of the APP
Furthermore, personal data will not be shared with other organizations
Intellectual and industrial property rights, such as copyrights, trademarks, patents and models relating to this APP are held exclusively by the Owner or by its licensors and are protected under the legislation and international treaties related to intellectual property.
One of the problems that arises when publishing an APP is the claim by those who have already patented the idea, with subpoena and consequent economic costs for the developer. Many developers stop creating APPs for fear of running into a legal battle.
So how do you patent an idea to be sure of the exclusivity and originality of your APP?
According to a common definition, a patent is "a title that recognizes the right to exploit an invention exclusively, preventing others from manufacturing, selling or using it without the owner's consent". In other words, a patent is a property title on an idea or product, which is effective only in a certain territory, usually the country in which it was registered. If you want to sell your product in other countries, you need to patent it in those same countries.
A new procedure, a new device, a new product or improvement can be patented.
Mind you that it doesn’t mean that everything is patentable. To patent an idea, it must meet three requirements:
New: it has to be something brand-new;
Originality: it must be made out of inventiveness;
Concreteness: it must not be abstract. It must have a real and feasible application.
Patent protection lasts 20 years. Patenting an idea implies being subjected to a legal procedure governed by strict and generally unchangeable terms, so it is more than advisable to hire a lawyer or an industrial property consultant with experience in the field. The patent application is not as easy as it may seem, which is why it is a good idea to rely on a technical consultancy service in this field.
The process of obtaining the patent consists of the following phases:
- 1- What to patent and how: the first thing to do is to establish clearly what you want to patent, logo, brand or name, and make sure that there is nothing similar in the world. Initial research is important, considering novelty as one of the basic requirements of a patentable invention. It is necessary to submit the patent application accompanied by other documents, such as the applicant's data, a description of the idea or invention with the respective projects, the declarations of novelty and a summary. Furthermore, an initial fee must be paid with the application. It is therefore important to take your time and be sure that everything is ready and correct.
- 2- Presentation and preliminary examination: once applied, a formal examination will be carried out to verify that the documentation is in order. If the documentation is in order, a filing date or a priority date is indicated for the patent application. From then on, you have a full year to file patent protection applications in other countries if you want to market your product internationally. During the examination, you may also receive a search report of possible ideas similar to your own, from an experienced examiner, which usually includes a "patentability" opinion.
- 3- Publication: The application will be made public 18 months after the filing date. At this point, there are another six months to decide whether to patent the idea in other countries.
- 4- Substantial examination: The patent office will decide whether the invention and its patent application meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention, for which it will employ three examiners. One of them will be in contact with the creator (or his lawyer) and changes to the application may be requested.
- 5- Patent Grant: If the examiners decide to grant the patent, after paying all the required fees, the decision is published and the patent will be effective from that point on.
To maintain patent protection it is useful to remember that taxes are paid annually, depending on the country.
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