There are two types of patents that you would generally want to be aware of:
Utility Patents: these protect new inventions or improvements to existing inventions. This is the most common type of patents and the one that apps and technology improvements typically fall under.
Design Patents: these protect the ornamental design of an item as applied to the product. The design must be ornamental or aesthetic, not functional.
If you are trying to determine what type of patent is best for your project, it would be wise to consult with a patent attorney.can connect you with one of the vetted patent attorneys in our network for a free 20 minute consultation. This will give you an idea of what the scope of work would look like for patenting your products and how an attorney can assist with this process.