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Hi guys i got a question can you patent your game systems and ideas? i would not like someone taking my game systems from my "Hit" game and using it in there up comming game! Thanks Please Reply Sir Darkan Fireblade

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Oluseyi    2115
You can''t patent ideas. Why? Because they''re worthless without implementations. You can, however, patent algorithms and solutions to specific problems.

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Nobody gives a rat''s ass about your game idea. The web is littered with ideas - many of them astounding. They haven''t been stolen and wont be, largely because the effort is in bringing the idea to fruition.
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Thanks to Kylotan for the idea!

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hpox    122
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Your idea is *probably(98.9%)* not amazing nor original neither is it ground-breaking.

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Haha I love it. Sorry :neutral:

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a person    118
in fact i bet your idea is based on or influenced by other ppl''s ideas. so in reality you are trying to protect yourself from your source of inspiration?

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Tacit    122
He didn''t ask for your opinion on whether his idea was good or not. He asked for some legal advice.

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eldee    122
if you could patent an idea, do you think
there would be a million quake clones
floating around? no.
id would''ve patented their idea for a
totaly 3d fps engine and monopolized
the entire market


-eldee
;another space monkey;
[ Forced Evolution Studios ]


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Silvermyst    113
quote:
He didn't ask for your opinion on whether his idea was good or not. He asked for some legal advice.


About 20 posts down:

Which company to submit my idea

which links to:

GameDev.net Webmaster FAQ

which gives the answer to:

"Q: How much can I get for this great game idea I've got? Who do I sell it to?"

Was this the kind of answer he was looking for?



[edited by - Silvermyst on May 2, 2002 9:38:07 AM]

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CheeseGrater    122
Actually, I think ''look & feel'' concerns have been found to fall under US patent law, so you probably could patent aspects of your gameplay.

Patents are expensive, though. I''ve heard it costs about $30,000 minimum to get through the application process and end up with something enforcable. And since under the patent law, you have to write the patent _before_ you publish the product, it''s difficult to decide what''s worth a patent.

Since no game companies are currently doing this, I think we can safely say it''s been investiaged and deemed to not make much economic sense.

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HenryApe    120
Actually, the US patent office seems to let you patent just about anything that is related to computers in any way, it might not stand up in court though...

*working on my One-Click-Start-The-Game patent*

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Bandecko    122
You can patent inventions, but you can copyright ideas.

Basically, things that can be used can be patented, things in print, or in other media form, can be copyrighted.

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