The University of Nevada at Las Vegas will partner with International Game Technology to host a day-long seminar later this month discussing intellectual property trends in the video game industry in front of an audience of law students and legal professionals.
The commercialization of IP has become an important emerging trend in a variety of sectors, and event organizers plan to address topics ranging from copyright and trademark law to patent asset licensing and pooling. A keynote address from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office general counsel Bernie Knight will also discuss key takeaways from the recent passage of the America Invents Act.
"Recognizing the importance of intellectual property in the gaming industry is vital, which is why IGT has joined with the UNLV Boyd School of Law in sponsoring this essential seminar for the law community," said IGT company spokesman Rao Coca.
According to Ars Technica, IP rights have recently come to the forefront of the video game industry as several racing video game franchises have encountered legal issues surrounding the licensing of automotive brands such as Porsche. Game developers have also encountered IP controversy when attempting to utilize Google Earth while creating more realistic in-game road maps.