The gaming industry, from casual games to advanced graphic techniques, from artificial intelligence to game physics and other aspects, is filled with patentable aspects that are not often considered by inventors. Due to the popularity of games and gaming, copying of ideas is common. Because of this, if you have created a gaming device, you’ll want to work with an intellectual property attorney that can protect your creation.
Gaming Device Patent Attorneys
The lawyers at Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm can help you identify all the aspects of your gaming devices and technology that are protectable under patent protection and will craft an appropriate strategy to get that protection.
Our attorneys are well-versed and experienced in obtaining, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights pertaining to gaming devices. We are skilled in assisting our gaming industry clients with intellectual property matters such as:
- Acquisition, sale or licensing of technology
- Confidentiality issues
- Copyrights related to source code, binary code, firmware, and user interfaces, both domestically and internationally
- Joint-venture/co-development agreements
- Design patents related to user interfaces and other designs
- Distribution agreements
- E-commerce/high technology
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
- Patent prosecution: domestic and international
- Trade secret law
- Trademarks: domestic and international
- Utility patents related to methods, systems, computer-readable media, data structure, and data signals
Patent law is part of intellectual property law and is protected under U.S. federal law. Patent law is the area of law that deals with an inventor’s exclusive right to use their own invention. Patent law protections aim to encourage the creation of new products and inventions through granting creators the legal right to use and profit from the inventions they create.
United States patent law is a part of U.S. federal law that comes directly from the United States Constitution as well as from federal laws passed early in United States history.
Holding a Patent
Once an inventor has created his or her invention, he or she will apply for a U.S. patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If the submitted application is accepted, the patent holder retains the exclusive right to use and profit from their product. The length of that patent is dependent upon the type of patent submitted for.
When someone holds a patent, that patent holder may challenge any person or corporation who tries to infringe on their patent rights. When a patent holder accuses another person or corporation of patent infringement, the dispute must be litigated. Patent attorneys help their clients apply for patents, enforce patents, and challenge any patent infringement if it happens.
The founders of the United States and early political leaders believed that a if a person invented a product, they had the right to own that invention, and thus wrote laws that would protect, and hopefully inspire, the creation of new products that would benefit society as a whole.
Under Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to establish a system for awarding patents in the United States. According to the Constitution, Congress may promote progress in science and the arts by allowing creators to have exclusive use of their products. Tile 35 of the United States code holds more specific laws for the U.S. patent system.
The Application Process
To receive a patent, an applicant must file their request with the USPTO. It is always advised that you work with a patent attorney due to the intense process. The filing requirements are detailed and specific and the entire process can take as long as three years and cost as much as $30,000. The Manual of Patent Examination Procedure contains the rules for filing a patent application, but you’ll want to work with a patent attorney to prepare this.
Contained in a Patent Application
A patent application must contain the following:
- Title of the invention
- List of related patent applications
- Statement of federally funded research associated with the item
- Disclosure of joint research with any other individual or corporation
- Summary of the invention
- Detailed description of the invention
- Drawings that explain the item in detail
- Claim of patent
The patent application must be sufficiently detailed so that it allows a person with skill in the field to create and use the same product. The application must clearly define and distinguish what’s new about the item or process compared to what is already in existence. If the patent office denies a patent application, the applicant can seek to be reconsidered or they can appeal the denial to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. A rejected applicant may also bring their case to a court.
It should be noted that once you file for a patent, the process is not complete. Under United States patent law, when a person files for a patent the legal document, called a “provisional application” establishes an early filing date, but this does not mature into an issued patent until the applicant files for a regular non-provisional patent application within one year.
The provisional patent application can only be pending for 12 months prior to becoming abandoned. Thus, filing a non-provisional patent application that claims the benefit of the provisional application must be done within 12 months. Failure to do so may forfeit your rights to claim the benefit of provisional application. Such benefits of the provisional application include:
- ease of preparation,
- lower cost, and
- the ability to use the term “patent pending”
One you file for the provisional application you are able to use the term “patent pending.” This can only only be legally used when a patent application has been filed, and may have significant marketing advantages for your product.
Patent Infringement and Enforcement
If a patent holder has reason to believe someone has infringed on their rights, he or she has multiple avenues to pursue enforcement. The first step is to contact a patent law attorney. The patent holder is able to pursue a court action, seek financial remedy, file an injunction or seek the court’s powers of contempt.
A patent holder can also file a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission which will then investigate the claim. Two potential remedies are barring imports into the United States as well as the issuance of a cease and desist order for imports. Patent holders may pursue both ITC enforcement and legal remedies and it is always advised you work with an attorney skilled in patent law when seeking to protect your inventions.
Having prepared, filed, and prosecuted patent applications (domestic and foreign), our firm is highly respected for its knowledge and patent prosecution.
Our attorneys have experience in all areas of design patents, including:
Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm
Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm provides patent services to protect the inventions that change and shape our world. We handle handles patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing legal services in Denver. Our experienced attorneys provide strategic guidance, patent counseling and prosecution, new product clearance and licensing, as well as counsel regarding patent enforcement and how to avoid possible infringement issues.
Our patent attorneys actively and aggressively represent plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of proceedings before courts both domestically and internationally. We provide solutions that anticipate our client’s need to protect their intellectual property so that their business thrives. We would love to work with you to develop a dynamic strategy that addresses your patent, trademark, copyright, and licensing concerns.