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Video Games
Intellectual property protection, dispute resolutions, employee relations and completing deals are serious business for the video games industry.

Overview

The video game industry continues to grow at breakneck speed. Incumbent players and disruptive entrants into the market share a need for sophisticated and efficient counsel who understand the video game industry’s unique challenges across all relevant practices. Dorsey’s deep bench of experience includes attorneys active in IP licensing, IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, copyright registration, privacy and cybersecurity, and employment counseling and litigation. In addition, Dorsey’s international presence, with offices in the U.S., Canada, China, and the U.K. and a network of trusted local counsel, allows us to serve clients throughout the world. Because Dorsey regularly services both Fortune 100 and early growth stage companies, our attorneys know how to scale their support to our clients’ business demands.

Experience

Dorsey has represented video game industry clients on a range of issues, including:

  • Clearance and registration of game names as trademarks
  • Licensing music for use in audio-visual works
  • Advising on fair use under U.S. Copyright Law
  • Negotiating sponsorship agreements, right of publicity licenses, and agreements involving e-sports
  • Registration of source code and other copyrightable components of games with the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications related to gaming console hardware (e.g., graphical processing units, displays, controllers), graphics rendering techniques and software, and other software advancements
  • Extensive knowledge in design rights to assist in protecting industrially designed products, such as enclosures, controllers, and headsets, as well as to protect important graphical user interfaces and icons

In addition, Dorsey routinely counsels its clients on issues relevant to the video game industry, including:

  • Copyright and trademark clearance opinions
  • Freedom to operate opinions
  • IP licensing
  • Trademark and patent prosecution
  • Patent litigation
  • Copyright litigation
  • Trademark litigation
  • Trade secrets litigation
  • Privacy and cybersecurity
  • Employment counseling and litigation

Accolades

Contacts

Jeffrey Cadwell
Partner, Copyright & Trademark
Gina Cornelio
Partner, Patent
Geoffrey Godfrey
Partner, IP Litigation
Aaron Goldstein
Partner, Labor & Employment
Charlene Krogh
Partner, Copyright & Trademark
Ray Liu, Esq.
Partner, Technology: Litigation & Transactional
Jamie Nafziger
Partner, Copyright & Trademark
Ryan Meyer
Of Counsel, IP Litigation
Stefan Szpajda
Of Counsel, IP Litigation
David Tseng
Associate, IP Litigation
Cody Wamsley, CISSP
Associate, Cybersecurity & Privacy

Industries & Practices

  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Technology
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management