Attorney for Shanahan Law Group, PLLC
Christopher Battles is an award-winning attorney who has been with the Shanahan Law Group, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2011. His practice focuses primarily on complex corporate litigation, but he has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including employment law, contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property, and commercial arbitration. Christopher has litigated cases involving the Civil Rights Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, federal and state trade secret law, and the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also closely monitors major lawsuits and other developments in video game law.
Christopher frequently represents clients before the North Carolina Business Court and all three United States District Courts in the state. He has also practiced in the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the Court of Appeals of North Carolina. Christopher is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association, and served on the NCBA Young Lawyers Division Wellness Committee in 2015.
Christopher has been selected as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers every year since 2014. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation, and peer reviews by practice area. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in North Carolina are selected to receive this honor.
Christopher is originally from Kent, Ohio. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University in 2008, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both economics and political science. He received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Duke University School of Law in 2011.
Video Game Law: I Swear It’s Important and Interesting
This session will serve as an introduction to the wide-ranging topic of video game law, and provide an in-depth and lighthearted look at some of the biggest cases and stories from 2016.
The talk will be broken into two parts. During the first part, we’ll ask the question: “What is video game law?” The answer includes not only high-profile topics like trademark and copyright, but also more general business issues facing developers and publishers, such as corporate formation, employer-employee agreements, and contract negotiations.
In the second part of the talk, we’ll discuss a number of the most high-profile video game law stories of the past year. Planned topics will include: (1) the alleged use of Lindsay Lohan’s likeness in Grand Theft Auto V; (2) the ownership dispute over the upcoming horror game I.C.U., which involves a popular YouTube streamer; (3) the alleged use of a patented “superformula” in No Man’s Sky (and a brief discussion of the developer’s controversial marketing claims); and (4) Nintendo’s treatment of Pokemon Uranium, Pokemon Prism, and AM2R, three prominent fan creations.