Contracts, intellectual property, and other transactional law for video game developers, artists, and other creative people.
You work hard to create something. It deserves the right kind of legal protection.
Are you a video game developer? A video creator? Making a board game? Are you an independent artist working with anyone else to create something? Looking to take your creations to the next level or start a business doing what you love, but aren’t sure where to start?
Get a lawyer who cares about you and your art and wants to help you succeed. I’ve been making video games for years and care about this industry, so I’m building my law practice on helping you get your legal problems solved, your intellectual property protected, and your studio or business thriving. Let me help you navigate your legal and business questions. That way you can get back to doing what you do best- creating.
Don’t just get any lawyer. Get a lawyer who knows what it means to create and wants to help solve your problems.
Services at a Glance
Independent Contractor / Work for Hire Agreement
Are you working with an artist, or you are an independent contractor working with someone else? You’ll need a contract that’s enforceable, easy to understand, ensures that any interests in the finished product are in the right hands, and is tailored to your unique needs.
If you’ve received a contract that you need reviewing, this service will ensure that you both understand the terms of the agreement and that it covers the terms of your deal as both parties understand them to be.
US Copyright & Trademark Registration
I’ll help you through the process of protecting your copyrighted work and your brand. Registering your copyright is the first step in protecting your work.
Hello, my name is Jacob Vela
I’ve been a big fan of video games and tabletop games ever since I was a little kid. I started developing games as a hobby when I was in high school and have been doing it ever since. I’ve published several gems across various storefronts.
While in law school, I took an interest in intellectual property and contracts law, and wondered how I could protect artists like game developers. I’ve seen a lot of posts where game developers were running into legal problems that require the help of a lawyer, but one that really understands the industry.
I’ve built my practice around providing that legal help to developers using specific industry knowledge from game development. I’m here to help you because I’ve been there before. My rates are flexible with no surprises and can fit your budget, even if you’re a first time developer.
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