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Patents, Copyright and Trademarks, Oh My! What you can and cannot reuse from an existing board game, Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 160

Patents, Copyright and Trademarks, Oh My! What you can and cannot reuse from an existing board game.

We answer a question about using the mechanics from an older board game in your current game design and spend some time talking about copyright, intellectual property, trademarks and patents. We also review Disney Sidekicks, a new cooperative game from Eric Lang, and share some more thoughts on Lost Ruins of Arnak, Doodle Dungeon and more.

Episode 160 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded January 12th, 2022.

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—Ask The Bellhop—

Disclaimer: Neither of us are lawyers and nothing said should be taken as legal advice.

“If a game has been patented for more than 20 years, is it legal to use the card mechanics? Is it still covered by intellectual property? 

Regarding card mechanics, if a game is played with numbers, shapes and colours and the goal of the game is to collect matches, can I still play this exact game if I change the numbers, or shapes or colours to a different factor, such as size?”

Send your questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com


—The Game Room: Disney Sidekicks—

A detailed looks at this new cooperative game from Eric M. Lang.


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