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Gamasutra Feature: The Trouble with Patents

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In this interesting Gamasutra feature, The Trouble with Patents, David Sirlin, a Bay area video game developer, discusses some of the problems with video game industry patents and argues that:

  • patents are too easy to get
  • many are trivial and do not pass the non-obvious test;
  • the length of patent protection, especially in the context of the Internet and fast changing industries like the video game industry, is too long;
  • the cost of defending a patent infringement suit is too high with the result that marginal patents are frequently not tested;
  • to determine whether a prospective idea is obvious, and therefor patentable, it should be submitted for peer review as part of the patent prosecution process rather than the current system of testing for obviousness through the costly judicial process after a patent is granted; and
  • the length of patent protection should be different for different types of patents.

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Gamasutra Feature: 10 Most Important Video Game Patents

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Love’m or hate’m, video game patents have played an important role in the evolution of the video game industry.

Ross Dannenberg and Steve Chang of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd have put together this terrific feature article: “The Ten Most Important Video Game Patents” for Gamasutra. In assessing the patents’ importance, they used four criteria:

  1. Relativity to Video Games
  2. Financial Value
  3. Technological Importance
  4. The IT-Factor

The winning patents honored/discussed in the piece are:

Check it out, its a good read.

Also, FYI, I have discovered Ross’ Patent Arcade blog where, among other things, he tracks Video Game Lawsuits. For your future reference I have added it to my “Video Game Law Blogs” roll down the right side of my blog (after “Topics”).

Source: Gamasutra

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Beware the Patent Troll

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Patent trolling is becoming a revenue stream for companies that come up with a vague idea, patent it, and “sue the hell” out of anyone that actually puts it into tangible practice. Next-Gen.Biz speaks with attorney Steve Rubin.

Sources: Next Generation | Next Generation Interview with James Rubin

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Video Game Patents: Its Just a Game Right?

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In this interesting article entitled “Its Just a Game Right?“, Ross Dannenberg, Esq. and Steve Chang, Esq. describe the top myths surrounding patent protection of video games, in the hopes of encouraging innovative game developers to take steps to protect their valuable video game innovations.

Source: IP Frontline

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Expired Nintendo Patents Do Not Necessarily Mean Expired Protection

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While Certain NES patents have expired, others have not. Expired patents do not negated copyright, trade-mark and trade secret protections.

Source: GamaSutra Feature

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AVG Patent ’690 Explained

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Jim Charne Explains the Implications of AVG Patent Suit to IDGA Readers.

Sources: IGDA’s Ask Jim

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