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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Indiana on

Q: As a 3rd-party representative, do I have any legal right to enforce copyright of the company's IP which I represent?

I am a representative for a gaming company's game. I have legal permission to use their IP and game contents and materials for my own use. However, many other entities have created illegal content using the company's IP and game materials without legal permission to gain their own profit. Not only... Read more »

Griffin Klema answered on Jan 24, 2019

Probably not, unless your license agreement expressly allows you the right to enforce, or you are the exclusive licensee. Oftentimes the intellectual property owner retains the right to enforce or license the IP to others (non-exclusive license), though sometimes there is contractual language that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Indiana on

Q: Are any game mechanics from the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading card game patented?

Would creating a digital card game with some mechanics that are similar to Yu-Gi-Oh violate some patents? Specifically, one shared mechanic is that the "field" or playing area is divided into 10 zones in 2 rows for each player, with "creature cards" placed in the front row, and other cards placed... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jan 2, 2019

Well, I think that you are correct in worrying about Konami's intellectual property. As far as patents go, Konami has over 1100 patents on various gaming devices and methods. I imagine that some of them cover Yu-Gi-Oh!

I don't know which patents cover Yu-Gi-Oh!, but the patent numbers...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Gaming for Indiana on

Q: I have to warrants for missing court for driving while suspended they are from 2016 can I get them lifted my job said

I could get it lifted and have a scheduled court date to go pay fees my job is with the casino and before I start I have to go to the gaming board and get my finger prints done so I will be in front of the state police

Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 6, 2018

Having the warrants recalled (lifted) really depends on the court. However, it is very unlikely a court will recall the warrants without you having an attorney. If you go to the court to ask you will be taken into custody. Hire an attorney who is familiar with the court system where your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Gaming for Indiana on

Q: My mom has dogs and they peed on my game systems and it fried them I was wanting to know if I could press charges on her

T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 22, 2018

First, you cannot "press charges," only the local prosecutor can "press charges." You do have a civil case of "conversion" against the dogs. However, that is not going to help you very much. There is no question that you are upset; however, you have few legal options. The legal costs to pursue... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: Can my 12 yr old brother get in trouble with the authorities for stealing hundreds of dollars off of someone's account?

My 12 yr old brother stole around $500 dollars using my friends Xbox account, which was linked to his mother's bank account. Could he get in trouble with the authorities for thievery? This is not the first time this has happened, he recently stole $90 from my mother's credit card on video game... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 7, 2018

Yes he can and it a police report has already been made will likely be prosecuted in the juvenile court.

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