Need advice about consulting/hiring app developers & IP protection

I'm primarily a web developer and haven't done much with apps yet, but I'm laying the groundwork for a new project and could use a little advice from other developers or even project managers.

This project will be pulling data from multiple social networks via their native APIs to interact with users in our network to work with the services we'll be providing. Eventually I'd like to hire a small team or company of app developers, and there's a good I'll be hiring or consulting with…

Need advice about consulting/hiring app developers & IP protection