Legal Power For The Game Entrepreneur
At Henke Bartram, we recognize that being a game
entrepreneur is a rewarding but tough job. Publishers
and distributors are demanding. Timelines are unforgiving.
Developers and artists get cranky. Industry change
doesn’t stop. You have to create, manage and
With all that on your plate, you don’t need
missed legal opportunities or legal mishaps. That’s
where we help. The attorneys at Henke Bartram have
worked with Washington based game entrepreneurs for
nearly a decade. We understand the challenges. We use
our knowledge of the law and the industry
to help protect you and put legal power behind
We help at three legal levels:
- We use Washington law to advance your business
in areas like start up, contracts, shareholder relationships,
financing, leases, trade secrets, NDAs,and protection
against unfair competition.
- We employ federal law to help protect your trademark
and copyrights, secure IP licenses, and comply with
federal securities requirements.
- We help at the
international level by providing insight into the
global legal environment and engaging knowledgeable
foreign attorneys when needed.
We also move you forward in deal negotiations. Game
entrepreneurs frequently negotiate with bigger companies.
We help level the playing field by negotiating with
savvy and experience. We also tell you what contract
issues you can live with and when you should stand
Some of the interesting things we’ve done:
- Negotiated contracts with EA, Microsoft, Vivendi
Universal, Encyclopedia Britannica and other international
companies, which generated significant revenue
streams for our clients while effectively managing
their domestic and international risks.
- Helped game
entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue by negotiating
licenses of game copyrights and trademarks for
movie production and other ancillary products.
manageable and effective incentive programs for
developers, artists and other employees, which enabled
the game entrepreneur to attract and keep key people.
- Negotiated music licenses that enabled game entrepreneurs
to use valuable music in different game versions,
on different platforms and in different countries
without paying higher royalty rates.
- Reduced game
entrepreneurs’ IP risks by
securing trademark and copyright protection for games
distributed around the world.
- Restructured growing
game companies, enabling game entrepreneurs to
take on new ventures without subjecting their current
IP portfolios to new risks.
We can’t put all of our knowledge and experience
on this website. If you want to learn more about what
we can do, call us today. We would love to hear about
your business and the legal issues you face.
Henke Bartram PLLC is a member of the International
Game Developers Association and the WSA (formerly the
Washington Software Alliance).