Intellectual Property Protection under Game Development Law
A great deal of creativity goes into developing new games for others’ entertainment. Those involved in the creation of new Internet-based and board games deserve to profit from the productions of their imaginations. The intellectual property lawyers at Peacock Myers, P.C. can help you maximize the profitability of your game.
Gaming Law Basics
Intellectual property protection provided under game development law typically invokes the protections provided by registered trademarks. While a single game cannot be trademarked, a line of games, which may include a base game and expansion packs or sets, may be trademarked. Massively multi-player online role playing games (MMORPGs) may also be trademarked as they constitute a service (i.e., access to a game) more than a product.
To avoid rights disputes between game inventors and game publishers, parties should seek the counsel of an intellectual property lawyer to create publishing agreements. Developers of Internet-based game software may also require copyright registration and well-crafted licensing and/or distribution agreements to most effectively protect exclusive rights and profitability.
IP Protection and Startup Funding
Game development, especially publishing/production, can be an expensive venture. Many game creators undertake fundraising campaigns through platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo to raise the capital necessary. While Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaigns raise no gaming law or intellectual property issues in themselves, these campaigns require some public disclosure about the game, leaving the art/idea vulnerable to theft.
The intellectual property lawyers at Peacock Myers, P.C. are familiar with gaming law, game development and online fundraising campaigns. They can help you protect exclusive rights to your game in development by filing for “intent to use” trademark applications.
Full-Service Intellectual Property Lawyers
Peacock Myers, P.C. attorneys provide comprehensive intellectual property protection services to game authors, inventors, creators and publishers. We can help you protect your idea and art at any stage of development as well as help you strategize a branding campaign and build an IP portfolio that maximizes your profitability. Contact Peacock Myers, P.C. to discuss your IP protection options.
The lawyers at Peacock Myers, P.C. help game inventors and publishers secure the intellectual property protections they need to maximize profitability from their creations.
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