Can I Trademark a Board Game?
You can trademark a board game’s name, logo, or slogan that uniquely identifies your board game. Think of games like “Battleship,” “Jenga,” and “The Settlers of Catan.” These are all federally registered trademarks for their respective games. So long as you use the names, words, or phrases to distinguish your board game from the games of others, you can protect your board game from competitors using the goodwill associated with your game to market their own competing products.
That said, trademarking your board game’s name, logo, or slogan will not prevent other companies from designing and selling similar games, since such details and specifics of the design are better fitted to copyright law. That said, in certain circumstances, you may be able to apply for trademark registration for the trade dress of your board game—essentially the visual appearance of your game and its packaging.
If you have designed a board game and are interested in protecting its intellectual property rights from competitors, contact us today to speak with trademark attorney Eric Norton to discuss the importance of trademarking your game’s name, logo, and slogan.