Can Card Games Be Patented?

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By Monica Bates

Are you an avid card game player with a new game idea? Are you wondering if your idea can be patented?

The answer is yes, card games can be patented. However, it’s not as simple as just having a new game idea and submitting a patent application. Let’s dive deeper into the world of patents and card games.

What is a Patent?

A patent is a legal document that grants the inventor of an invention exclusive rights to prevent others from making, using, or selling their invention for a certain period of time. In the United States, patents are granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

What Can Be Patented?

According to USPTO guidelines, to be eligible for a patent, an invention must meet three criteria:

  • It must be novel – meaning it cannot have been previously invented or publicly disclosed
  • It must be non-obvious – meaning it cannot be something that would have been obvious to someone skilled in the relevant field
  • It must have utility – meaning it has some practical use

How Do You Patent a Card Game?

To patent a card game, you’ll need to follow the same process as any other invention. You’ll need to file a patent application with the USPTO that explains your game in detail and demonstrates why it meets all three criteria for patentability.

In your application, you’ll need to include:

  • A written description of your game
  • Detailed drawings or diagrams showing how your game works
  • A list of all components needed to play your game
  • An explanation of how players win or lose the game

You’ll also need to pay a filing fee and any other required fees to the USPTO.

What Are the Benefits of Patenting a Card Game?

Patenting a card game can provide several benefits, including:

  • Exclusive rights to your invention
  • The ability to license or sell your invention for profit
  • The ability to prevent others from making, using, or selling your invention without your permission


In conclusion, card games can be patented if they meet the necessary criteria for patentability. Before submitting an application, make sure your game is truly novel and non-obvious, and that it has some practical use. If you’re successful in obtaining a patent, you’ll have exclusive rights to your invention and the potential to profit from it.