Copyright/ trademark inquiry

Hello, I'm planning on making a videogame that might eventually generate revenues and I was thinking of including 3D models of weapons and vehicules that might look ike actual, exiting objects. If they look like existing objects but are called differently in game, might I encounter legal trouble later?


Asked about 4 years ago in New York
Categories: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright

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Frederic M. Douglas

Answer by Frederic M. Douglas

VerifiedCalifornia lawyer

Hi,
You will need to work closely with an experienced and qualified attorney to address the specific situations regarding those particular weapons and vehicles.
Ordinarily, there should be no problem with displaying models of such devices. However, you should have a professional search for design patents, which cover the ornamental features of objects. 
You should also research the manufacturers of specific devices so that your search may be narrowed, saving time and expense. Also, you may choose to discuss some type of licensing arrangement, perhaps where your game prominently features a manufacturer's products exclusively (i.e., product placement).
Please let me know if you have further questions.
Fred Douglas
(949) 293-0442
fdouglas@cox.net



Posted about 4 years ago

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