Protecting IP: Copyrights

Authors, artists, and creatives of all kinds have likely created something that is original and subject to protection under the Copyright laws of the United States. Once you create something original you possess some level of copyright ownership to the work. However, to protect that work and use the laws to enforce the work, you […]

Protecting IP: Trademarks

If you sell products or provide services to others, then you likely have some level of intellectual property that requires protection. Your business name, logo, slogan, or even that unique product design act as trademarks for your products or services, which signify and separate your business from your competitors or cheap knock offs. Most businesses […]

SAVaGEs: Get the Most Bang for your Legal Buck: Three Critical and Cost-Effective Legal Projects for SAVaGEs

Working with many software, app & video game entrepreneurs (“SAVaGEs”) who are partners, owners and other “key” persons in various small to mid-sized businesses over the years, I noticed that they had many similar legal needs, regardless of their size, industry or location.  Some of these projects, three of which are discussed below, represent valuable […]

Chester Again Named to Super Lawyer List

Dallas, Texas, 15 September 2016 – J. F. (Jim) Chester, founding partner in the Dallas-based business & innovation law firm of Chester PLLC (www.chester-law.com), was recently selected for inclusion on the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® list. Chester is listed in the intellectual property practice section, although his practice also covers a broad range of business, technology and international […]

Are you a SAVaGE?

What is a  SAVaGESM ? We practice business and innovation law.  Our clients range from start-ups to established small/mid-sized innovation-based companies, venture capital firms, and even a few larger companies. A significant element of our clients are software, app and/or video game developers, investors, resellers, distributors, service technicians, or entrepreneurs.  To describe these types of companies, […]

Survival Mode: “SAVaGE” Law

Presentation discussing the legal issues software, app & video game entrepreneurs (“SAVaGEs”) face. SURVIVAL MODE: SAVaGE Legal Issues from CHESTER

The Art of Video Games

They thrill, exhilarate and inspire. In just four decades, video games have become an increasingly popular form of mass entertainment, a powerful and exciting platform for innovative art and a multibillion dollar industry. Super Mario Brothers 3: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroshi Yamauchi, directors; Satoru Iwata, executive producer; Konji Kondo, composer, Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990, […]

WIPO Study: Report on Multi-National of Video Game Laws

Due to their complex and cross-cutting nature, video games present a number of questions and challenges in terms of copyright. The current landscape of the legal protection of video games appears extremely complex indeed.  Although Article 2 of the Berne Convention provides a solid basis for eligibility for protection of video games by copyright, they are in […]