While creating a game, there are a lot of efforts that goes with it. It is a long process that will hopefully reward you with a successful game that sells and become popular.
Once you have a good game idea, and you have protected your intellectual property. You are on the right track!
Are you afraid to lose your game idea to anyone? Here are ways to protect your game idea and ensure it stays that way.
- Patents: A patent is a protection for your intellectual property from being copied. In the case of your game idea patent, it is considered as your invention. It helps you in protecting your idea. That way, if during your game development, one of your friends or coworkers helping you out tries to market their version using your idea, they would violate your patent, and you can take a legal action against them to make them stop.
- Copyrights: Copyrights are different from a patent in the fact that they preserve the actual expression of your video game idea. For example, if a game is patented using X’s and Y’s, you could still create a game using mangoes and bananas because the expression of the idea is different.
- Trademarks: The game you’ve designed might come along with a particular name or logo that is essential to classifying it as yours. You will need to confirm with the trademark office about the protection your state offers. You can even register your game’s brand name or logo with the Patent and Trademark Office, which also offers you national protection.
- Company Trade Secrets: An exclusive form of intellectual property protection lies in the form of a trade secret. A trade secret is any company’s information that is created to stay confidential. It can be a manufacturing secret or the secret end of your game. Anyone who leaves your employ and attempts to use your trade secret to market their own game would be violating the law, depending on your state’s legal system.
- Are you Ready to Market and Sell Your Game Idea?Getting your video game idea on the next platform system is pretty difficult unless you have worked in a game development company. However, developing and selling a casual Java or Flash game for cell phones have a much higher chance of making your mark. Hence, the best way of taking your idea to a new level and turning into a profitable venture is only through WORK. Whether you do the coding and testing yourself, or you have your friends working with you, designing your idea, protecting it with one of the intellectual property protections, developing it with utmost concerns, testing, marketing and then releasing your video game is going to happen with lots of hard work, determination and time.
You can have a piece of your success with the sound practices and by working hard to make your game idea a reality!
Have you designed your video games and what steps did you take to protect your game idea?
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