MK
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September 19th, 2022 at 6:20:11 PM permalink
I heard that the US Patent and Trademark Office does not grant patents for game methods.
So how do we get a patent for a new game now?
Do I need to register a patent for the game implementation method through the online system?
Isn't there usually a notice of submission of a divisional application for a game system in the contents of a patent claim?
I applied for a patent on table layout and game method, but the US Patent and Trademark Office sent me a notice of divisional application.
So, the table layout and game method have been separately applied for.
A patent attorney in charge of US patents told me not to expect to register a patent for a game method.
How do game inventors register their patents these days?
Also, to request a field trial in Nevada, I need a patent certificate, not a patent application, right?

Please answer me if possible. Thanks
zbrownson
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September 19th, 2022 at 7:31:04 PM permalink
There is no clear cut answers, most of the game developers I know have at least tried the patent route, along with copyrighting, trademarking, whatever means of protection you can get is better than none. I think it is fair not to expect to get a patent approved for a game method, the typical approach lately has been to write the patent towards and electronic implementation of the method, then tag on the method for a physical table as well. I have only filed provisional patents at this point, but from what I have heard a lot of it comes down to who is assigned to review the patent, some have been more lenient than others. I have seen some patents get approved in the last few years, so it is possible, but is a gamble.

You don't need a patent to get a field trial, they may ask for a patent receipt (which you can get from just filing) but it is optional (although probably desired).
GenoDRPh
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September 19th, 2022 at 7:35:22 PM permalink
Lots of game designers have patented their games. Have you spoken with a patent attorney? Not one that works for the patent office, but an attorney in private practice who specializes in patents?

Gene
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September 20th, 2022 at 5:08:50 AM permalink
Quote: GenoDRPh

Lots of game designers have patented their games. Have you spoken with a patent attorney? Not one that works for the patent office, but an attorney in private practice who specializes in patents?

Gene
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Gene, he is correct. It became very difficult to get a patent for a table game 5 to 10 years ago. Changes were made at the USPTO.

My suggestion to people is to make an electronic version (computer version or slot machine version) as those are much easier to patent and get claims accepted. Many times those claims will then protect you for a table game version.
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MK
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September 28th, 2022 at 6:52:59 PM permalink
Thank you for kindly answering my questions.
Good luck in all your business.
DJTeddyBear
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September 29th, 2022 at 6:16:44 AM permalink
I don’t know how I missed this thread…

If you get a lawyer, get one that has worked in the casino game patent area. Two names that get suggested here often are:

Rich Newman. http://newmanlawlv.com/
Jon Muskin. http://www.patentstrademarks.com/
I invented a few casino games. Info: http://www.DaveMillerGaming.com/ ————————————————————————————————————— Superstitions are silly, childish, irrational rituals, born out of fear of the unknown. But how much does it cost to knock on wood? 😁
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