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.

Blizzard settles “Overwatch” trademark lawsuit

Blizzard has been fighting to register a trademark for its newest game Overwatch for a year and a half. The dispute with the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned into a lawsuit by Innovis Labs filed against Blizzard for trademark infringement. Fortunately for Blizzard,...

Privacy Policy Liability

Why you need a well written Privacy Policy:   The Federal Trade Commission fined makers of the “Path” mobile application $800,000 for collecting personal information that was not disclosed in their privacy policy.   W3 Innovations was fined $50,000 by the FTC for not complying with COPPA and collecting...

Makers of Kill Shot mobile game sued for allegedly copying Deer Hunter

Glue Mobile has sued Hothead Games for copyright and trade dress infringement for the alleged reskinning of Deer Hunter 2014, Glu’s FPS hunting simulation mobile game. Hothead’s game, Kill Shot, is a mobile FPS game that currently ranks higher on the top-grossing charts than Deer...