Matthew Lee

A boy wizard, a British super-spy and a renowned detective walk into a room: Intellectual property and escape rooms

A boy wizard, a British super-spy and a renowned detective walk into a room: Intellectual property and escape rooms.

Escape rooms often draw inspiration from existing media such as movies, literature or video games. However where do you draw the line between mere inspiration and outright copying? And do large corporate IP holders even care about escape rooms?

This session will cover the major types of intellectual property such as trademarks and copyright, and the implications for escape room owners.

Matt Lee is the lead game designer and co-founder of The Enigma Room in Sydney, Australia. In addition to the escape room Matt has also had almost a decade of experience working at IP Australia, the Australian government agency that administers registered intellectual property rights, where he runs workshops on various aspects of intellectual property protection and management. He has a Masters of Industrial Property from the University of Technology, Sydney, and has also previously worked in game journalism for local television show Good Game.

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