Patent a Variation of a Game

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Apr 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: How can you patent a variation of a game?

I've been doing a lot of Google searches on getting a patent on a significant variation of a game. But it is difficult to find much information that is right on point. How does one know if they meet the criteria to obtain a patent a variation on a game or not? Would it be a utility patent? What are some great examples of this being done in the past? Thank you.

Answer: Legally speaking, the amount of variation has to be enough so that your invention is not obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art. Therefore, the more variations you have will better ensure that your patent application gets through the patent office and issues as a patent.

Yes, you would be applying for a utility patent.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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