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The Litigation Section and The Barristers Litigation Section present
Video Game Law: A Primer!

August 24, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H, Lunch will be provided.
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We’re fortunate enough to have some of the leading voices and practitioners in video game law talk to about the basics, practical tips, recent events, and answer audience questions.

This month, the Wall Street Journal reported that “Videogames Might Be Keeping Young Men Out of the Workforce,” explaining that “America’s young men are increasingly giving up on work in order to slay virtual aliens and fight videogame wars.”  This implies that the allure of videogames has only increased since their mainstream emergence in the early 80s and since that time, the gaming industry has had to manage a number of different intellectual property and other legal challenges.  These panelists will overview some of the most pressing legal issues in videogame law.  Our intended audience includes neophytes and experts alike.  

Hiro Tachibana
Vice President and General Counsel at Capcom

Rob McHenry
Associate General Counsel at Zynga

Todd Smithline
Managing Principal of Smithline PC

Sonali Maitra
Durie Tangri

• What are the rights of publicity issues videogame companies’ face, and how have courts come out on them?
• What are the copyright, trademark, and patent issues videogame counsel might have to address, and how have courts come out on those?
• What are some strategies counsel have invoked to enforce IP rights? What about in defending them?
• During the development phase, what are some of the IP considerations counsel employ?

Section Chair: Holly House, Paul Hastings


BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch/Program: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


BASF Student Member$30.00
Section Member$40.00
BASF Member$50.00

Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.

Event Code: G173112

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