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News
01.27.2014
Press Release

Perkins Coie represented client Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT"), in its acquisition of the "Gears of War" game franchise, a military science fiction video game, from Epic Games, Inc., a developer of games and cross-platform game engine technology.

08.21.2013
Press Release

Perkins Coie is proud to announce that 206 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers In America®.

09.02.2011
General News

Don Karl, Co-Chair of the Interactive Entertainment group, was featured in a Q&A in a recent Media & Entertainment Law360 article. Throughout the article Don discusses his most challenging case, important issues relating to interactive entertainment law and lessons learned. To read all of his responses, visit Law360.

06.24.2011
General News

Seattle Licensing & Technology Partners, Dax Hansen and Kirk Soderquist were recently mentioned in the AllThingsD article, "A Sneak Peek at Zynga’s IPO: How to Turn Virtual Goods Into Real Money." The article delves into the pending IPO of Zynga, which will be the first major U.S. company supported primarily by the sale of virtual goods to do so. Because of its novelty, there are no current laws governing the method for taking into account the sale of virtual goods. For their part, Kirk and Dax look into the legal consequences of virtual goods. To read the full article, including comments from Dax, visit: http://allthingsd.com/20110624/what-zynga-will-look-like-as-a-public-company/.

06.01.2011
General News

Perkins Coie was ranked #4 on the Top Law Firms for Patent Quality in Information Technology and #6 on the Top 20 All Industries list put on by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in accordance with Ocean Tomo PatentRatings. Ocean Tomo is a patent ratings company that specializes in assigning value to intellectual patents.

01.05.2011
Press Release

Perkins Coie has been ranked as the number one law firm for Interactive Entertainment in a national survey by Interactive Age, the global business journal of interactive entertainment.  According to the survey there are 530 attorneys practicing law in the area of video games, new media and interactive entertainment. Rapid development of a new field in law is the direct result of explosive growth from the business behind games, and the increasing number of transactions. The numbers indicate that while solo-practitioners have been considered experts in the field for years, the big firms are beginning to stake their claims in the field and operating significant video game practices. There were a total of 30 firms ranked with Perkins Coie topping the list.

Publications
04.03.2014
Update

The FCC last week issued two declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  While the rulings in each are limited to the specific requests set forth in the petitions, they include broad language and reasoning that will be helpful for businesses looking for ways to reach their customers without running afoul of the TCPA.

02.26.2014
Update

The Southern District of California last month let 8 out of 51 claims survive in a putative class action arising out of the 2011 breach of the Sony PlayStation network.  In re Sony Gaming Networks & Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., MDL 11MD2258 AJB MDD, 2014 WL 223677 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 21, 2014) (Sony II).

02.11.2014
Update

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued two administrative letter rulings that clarify the application of FinCEN’s regulations to certain participants in the virtual currency ecosystem.

12.09.2013
Update

California recently enacted two laws regarding Do Not Track Transparency and Advertising to Minors that will have a significant impact on all companies that operate commercial websites, host mobile applications or provide advertising or analytics technology services.

11.06.2013
Update

Facebook recently updated its Promotion Guidelines to ease restrictions on conducting contest and sweepstakes promotions on the Facebook platform.  Facebook previously required promotion sponsors to administer promotions through apps and restricted sponsors’ use of basic Facebook functions, such as a "like" or a message to a sponsor’s Facebook Page, in connection with a promotion.

10.29.2013
Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took a giant step in fulfilling its rulemaking obligation under the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act last week when it released proposed Regulation Crowdfunding.