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Regarding using names When one releases a game commercially, they usually register a trademark for that name and product category. When one registers a trademark, nobody else may use that name for their product, when that product falls into the same product category. You can use the patent trademark database of the US patent and trademark office to check if ...


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Concepts are not copyright, assets are. Names are also not copyright, but they can be trademarked. Logos are copyright. In the U.S., you don't have to apply for copyright, it is implicit when you create content. You can make whatever you want as long as you are not copying assets or infringing upon trademarks. You can rip as many ideas as you like. Ideas ...


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Our Ask Patents sister site have a more general question: Can game mechanics be patented? It seems most mechanics are patentable, but only very specifically. (This may be different for your country.) I'm no lawyer, but based on those answers, I believe you'll be fine, provided your "some extra features" are significant enough extensions to make your game ...


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That patents shouldn't touch you (as mere user of OpenGL api) at all, unless you're writing own OpenGL/D3D implementations and adding texture compression support there. Then you'll have to pay attention.


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A patent is invalid when whatever it does has already been done by a different product before the patent was handed in. This is called prior art. This patent is from 2008. What you describe (loading localization from external files) has already been done by GNU gettext, first released in 1995. So when that would be the claim the patent covers, it would be ...


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The patent refers to the specific library they have developed to solve this problem not the idea of having such a system. You literally cant patent a idea. So if you code your own localization and don't steal that specific code you are good to go. I personally made a simple system that read a google doc, downloads it into XML form and then replace a bunch of ...


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