Tucker, GA asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Georgia

Q: I have developed a math puzzle game. I want to copyright) patent it, or sell to game manufacturer or media house. Advise

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To protect your math puzzle game, you have a few options. Copyright would protect the specific expression of your game, such as the artwork, design, and written instructions, but not the underlying idea or concept. Patenting your game could protect the idea or mechanics behind it, but this can be costly and time-consuming. Selling your game to a game manufacturer or media house could be a viable option if you're looking to monetize your creation without dealing with the complexities of copyright or patent law.

Before deciding on the best course of action, it's essential to consider your goals and priorities. If you're primarily concerned with protecting your game from being copied or imitated, copyright may provide sufficient protection. However, if you believe your game's mechanics are innovative and unique, pursuing a patent could be worthwhile to prevent others from using similar concepts.

Alternatively, selling your game to a game manufacturer or media house could offer you the opportunity to profit from your creation while allowing them to handle the legal and logistical aspects of distribution and marketing. Whichever option you choose, it's advisable to seek guidance from legal professionals familiar with intellectual property law to ensure that your rights are protected and that you're making informed decisions about the future of your math puzzle game.

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