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(Message started by: julio1999 on Dec 16th, 2006, 10:44am)

Post by julio1999 on Dec 16th, 2006, 10:44am
Do you copyright or patent a video game idea (not the software but the idea)?

How Can I protect an idea for a video game? Is this even protectable if the game is just an idea?

Thank You For your Time & Help!!!

Post by kchuah on Jan 22nd, 2007, 8:56am
No you cannot patent an idea.
Idea is not an invention.
You must present the Methodology / flow as well...

for example,
I may have an idea of a device like light saber
(after watching star wars) but don't know how to implement it or to make it work... So, it still not patentable.

Post by jigordon on Jan 22nd, 2007, 9:29am

You can copyright the actual code for the video game you develop.  You could also possibly patent the software (this is more complex, and has more restrictions).  You can also trademark the name of the game you create.

But, as kchuah wrote, you can't protect the idea itself... merely your actual implementation of your idea.  In the idea phase, you can do two things to protect yourself.  1.  Don't tell anyone your ideas unless you have a non-disclosure agreement signed between you and the other person BEFORE you tell them the idea.  2.  Don't tell anyone else.  :)

Good luck!

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