Games & Apps
Our expert attorneys can advise which type of IP right and level of protection is suitable for you and provide strategic and commercially focused guidance to get the most out of your budget.
Today’s global audience for games is huge — and growing. This trend, alongside increasing digitalisation, means that it has never been more important to safeguard the significant time, effort, and creativity you put into your work and protect your brand from competitors, pirates and copycats.
Whether you’re a publisher concerned with increasing your market share or a developer looking to sustain your competitive advantage through process and product innovation, IP rights are hugely important. IP rights attract investors and unlock valuable new revenue streams through licensing and royalties.
In projects where every penny counts, securing your IP rights makes a decisive difference. The possibilities unlocked by immersive technologies appear to be endless. We’re seeing an enormous amount of innovation across the reality-virtuality continuum — virtual reality (VR) gaming is gaining popularity and becoming more affordable to consumers, augmented virtuality (AV) is seeing extensive R&D, and augmented reality (AR) is spreading into the public sphere through health tech, wearables, and apps. Being proactive about protecting your intellectual property allows you to gain a commercial advantage in such a fast-moving and cutting-edge area of technology.
It’s a common misconception in the games industry that IP rights take too long, and cost too much to secure, to be worth pursuing. Often, ignoring your IP is a much more costly mistake. Without a pending patent application, for instance, publication of your IP opens it up to copycats to monetise at their leisure.
IP rights are assets which add value to your company and attract potential investors. You can also licence, sell, or mortgage your IP to ensure that you receive a fair return for your creative efforts. Such benefits often far outweigh the initial expense of securing IP rights.
Our expert attorneys can advise which type of IP right and level of protection is suitable for you and provide strategic and commercially focused guidance to get the most out of your budget. We have a wealth of experience in protecting computer-implemented inventions, wearable technology, optics, electrical devices, telecommunications, and mixed reality technologies.
From methods of image pre-warping, foveated rendering, and surround-sound audio processing to lens construction, motion-sensor technology, and ergonomics, the single example of a virtual reality headset demonstrates a variety of technological innovations that benefit from patent protection. The level of technical knowledge our team of attorneys possesses allows us to quickly get to grips with how your invention works, assess your intellectual property needs, and obtain the IP rights you deserve.
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Murgitroyd is well-placed to handle cross-border patent prosecution work for clients in the software, electronics, mechanical engineering, chemistry and life sciences sectors.
Legal 500 2023