Before law school, Stephen, “The Videogame Lawyer”, was a competitive gamer. He was ranked number one in the world at two different games, traveled around the world competing in numerous tournaments and world championships, and funded his tuition at an Ivy league school with the winnings. Stephen is also a member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and The Video Game Bar Association.

 

Today, The Videogame Lawyer focuses on brand protection and general advising strategies for video game companies, including those that make games like Flow Free, Duet, and Bonza Word Puzzle. For larger game companies and publishers, Stephen performs more targeted legal work such as applying for trademarks and copyrights, enforcing intellectual property, and drafting privacy policies and terms of use.

 

Below are several in-depth articles The Videogame Lawyer has written to help video game companies understand everything they should know about intellectual property and brand protection.

Joint Statement of ICU Games, Keenan Mosimann, and Zachary Suite

"ICU and Keenan have worked with Zach to resolve a misunderstanding regarding the ICU Horror Game Kickstarter campaign and have resolved Zach's lawsuit against them. ICU will ensure that Zach receives proper credit for his involvement as Lead Designer on the original ICU student game....

Video Game Patent

Do I need patents for my video game?

The patent process is complicated, expensive, and not for every game company. Design patents can protect your UX/UI. The fastest growing segment of design patent filings is in the UX/UI space. If you’re serious about protecting your video game and your user experience, you need to think carefully...

Trademark Registration: Hire an Attorney or use LegalZoom/Trademarkia?

As trademark attorneys, our focus is on helping clients protect their brands through trademark registration and enforcement. A large part of this work consists of assisting clients who have previously attempted a trademark registration, either through self-help services like LegalZoom or through other lawyers who...

Why You Should Always Register the Trademark on your Kickstarter Game

Many of our clients fund and market their games using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Fig. They almost always have the same misconception: once they successfully fund a game on Kickstarter, then they would have superior rights to someone who comes along later and begins...