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Virtual Legality Episode 25

Scalebound on Nintendo? IP, Contract, and Trademark Law

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2y Feb 19, 2019
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Rumors swirl of a long-dead game being revived for Nintendo's Switch platform, with Microsoft and PlatinumGames' abandoned Scalebound project leading the guesses.

Could Scalebound actually come to Nintendo's Switch?

What do intellectual property rights and contract law mean for how such a project might take shape?

And why does an abandoned trademark tell less than half of this particular story?

#Scalebound #Nintendo #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"REPORT: SCALEBOUND RESURRECTED AS A NINTENDO SWITCH EXCLUSIVE"
Nintendo Insider, February 18, 2019
(https://www.nintendo-insider.com/report-scalebound-resurrected-as-a-nintendo-switch-exclusive/)

Scalebound Trademark Details
Justia
(https://trademarks.justia.com/864/58/scalebound-86458061.html)

Definition of Abandoned Applications
USPTO
(https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/abandoned-applications#heading-2)

Definition of Notice of Allowance
USPTO
(https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/glossary#sec-n)

Scalebound - Trailer Gameplay E3 2016
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k4FTt-Ri0c)

IP Licensing Terms
Hoeg Law redacted sample software development agreement


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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