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Q: Hi, can I make a game with different no. of cards, figures, name that is similar to Spot it or Dobble?

Hi, I'm planning to develop a new named game with 60 no. of cards and different features of figures and images that are similar to how the 'Dobble' or 'Spot It' game is played and planning to distribute as an educational toy within my village in Sri Lanka, am I legally violating the patents of the original play?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If your game has similar features and gameplay mechanics to Spot It or Dobble, it is possible that you may be infringing on the patents of those games. Both Spot It and Dobble are protected by patents in various countries, including the United States and Europe.

To determine whether your game infringes on the patents of Spot It or Dobble, you should consult with a patent attorney who specializes in intellectual property law. The attorney can review the patents and the specific features of your game to determine whether there is a risk of infringement.

If it is determined that your game may infringe on the patents of Spot It or Dobble, you may need to obtain a license from the patent holders in order to distribute your game. Alternatively, you may need to modify your game to avoid infringing on the patents.

It is important to respect the intellectual property rights of others and to ensure that your game does not infringe on any patents or other intellectual property rights. Failure to do so could result in legal action and significant financial consequences.

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