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Types Of Intellectual Property In Gaming

Trademark

Safeguarding brand elements like names, logos, slogans, taglines, sound marks, cartoon images etc. that differentiate one vendor’s products or services from another’s. Trademarks registration is optional but advisable, and once  granted will be valid for 10 years, renewable every decade.

Key IP

  • Names, word-marks,
  • Logos, symbols,
  • Tag-lines,
  • Cartoon/ caricature image,
  • Short sound marks

 

Example

Types Of Intellectual Property In Gaming

Copyright 

Copyright is an inherent right for original works, like literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, cinematographic, architectural works and software codes. Creator owns the copyright 60 years from creation before the work becomes public.

Key IP

  • Software code,
  • Cartoon caricature,
  • Storyline,
  • Music and sound effects,
  • Conceptual art and design,
  • Maps and buildings,
  • Choreography
  • Gaming rules and manual

Example

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Patent 

Protection for an original invention, typically granted for 20 years, and covers utility, plant/industrial, or design patents.

Key IP

  • Gaming console, joystick or other hardware device, and
  • Drastically unique or different technology
  • User interfaces

Example

Types Of Intellectual Property In Gaming

Design 

Protection for the aesthetic appearance of products/articles, including shape, configuration, pattern, ornament, or composition of lines/colors.

Key IP

  • Graphic characters,
  • Gaming cover and
  • Graphic interface

Example

Types Of Intellectual Property In Gaming

Trade Secret 

Trade secrets are confidential, commercially valuable information known to a limited group and protected by the rightful owner through reasonable measures,  typically including confidentiality agreements.

Key IP

  • Algorithms and
  • Customer lists

Example

Types Of Intellectual Property In Gaming

     

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Last Updated on: 8th December 2023, 11:31 am


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The content of this article is for information purpose only and does not constitute advice or a legal opinion and are personal views of the author. It is based upon relevant law and/or facts available at that point of time and prepared with due accuracy & reliability. Readers are requested to check and refer to relevant provisions of statute, latest judicial pronouncements, circulars, clarifications etc. before acting on the basis of the above write up. The possibility of other views on the subject matter cannot be ruled out. By the use of the said information, you agree that the Author / Treelife is not responsible or liable in any manner for the authenticity, accuracy, completeness, errors or any kind of omissions in this piece of information for any action taken thereof.

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