New York, NY- December 1, 2006 - Kenyon & Kenyon LLP is pleased to announce the publication of a treatise on video game law, featuring Kenyon & Kenyon attorneys as authors and co-editors. The book, Business & Legal Primer for Game Development, is published by leading game industry publisher, Charles River Media, a division of Thomson
Business & Legal Primer for Game Development covers a large variety of topics related to game development, including business structure, contracts, employment law, taxation, marketing, litigation and intellectual property, and the book also features contributions from game companies, including Sony Online Entertainment, BioWare and NCSoft.
Kenyon & Kenyon attorney S. Gregory Boyd co-edited the book with experienced game developer and consultant Brian Green. Kenyon & Kenyon partners John Flock and Gary S. Morris contributed with two chapters. Mr. Flock’s chapter discusses litigation in the game industry and draws on his experience in this area to outline an organized overview and strategy for game companies faced with the prospect of litigation. Mr. Morris’s chapter focuses on the complexity of licensing in the game industry, including licensing in game development contracts. Gregory Boyd, in addition to being co-editor, contributed two chapters to the text which provide a general overview of intellectual property in the game industry and a sample game development contract walk-through.
The book is hardbound with more than 475 pages and contains 17 chapters with 28 contributors, including industry veterans Ralph Baer, Richard Bartle, Dave Ahl, Eric Zimmerman and Jessica Mulligan. By providing practical advice blended with business considerations and a legal overview, Business & Legal Primer for Game Development will be a valuable reference for those in game development. The book is available at Amazon.com and other major book distributors.
Kenyon & Kenyon’s interactive entertainment practice represents some of the most prominent publishers, console manufacturers and game developers in the industry. Their practice includes counseling, litigation, intellectual property registrations and transactional work across a variety of platforms including PCs, mobile and console games.
John Flock is Chair of Kenyon & Kenyon’s Asian Practice Group and an experienced trial lawyer with nine years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Flock has argued appellate cases, advised attorneys on trial tactics and given demonstrations of trial techniques. He has a strong scientific and technical background with particular expertise and hands-on experience in computer technology, including design and implementation of mainframe and personal computer programs, supervision of a computer programming staff and service as court-appointed receiver for a software company. Mr. Flock is a frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property issues. He is a regular contributor to the Computer Law Association Bulletin and former Associate Editor of that publication.
Dr. S. Gregory Boyd is an associate in the New York office of Kenyon & Kenyon. Since joining the firm, Dr. Boyd has worked with intellectual property transactions, litigations and counseling. His work includes both development contracts and litigation on behalf of MMOs. He was an author and editor for the International Game Developer Association's first industry guide to intellectual property. Dr. Boyd has published articles in Game Developer Magazine and sits on the Advisory Board for Mobygames. He will be speaking at the State of Play Conference in Singapore and at the Game Developers Conference held March 5-9 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
About Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
With over 200 lawyers devoted to intellectual property, Kenyon & Kenyon is consistently ranked by peers and in-house counsel as one of the top firms for IP. Since its founding in 1879, the firm has provided its worldwide clientele with litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling services. Large and small enterprises and individuals choose Kenyon & Kenyon to design and implement intellectual property strategies when it matters most. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.