Matthew D. Dobill is an Associate in the Interactive Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Mr. Dobill represents clients in the video game industry across a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Dobill is adept at navigating video game development and publishing agreements, intellectual property transfers, game clearance, licenses, and merchandising deals. Mr. Dobill also has experience with copyright, trademark clearance, trademark prosecution, brand management, and brand enforcement. Additionally, Mr. Dobill is well-versed in the intersection of new media, marketing, and video games, including streamed content, sponsorships, and brand activations.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Dobill was Associate Counsel, Licensing at Activision Blizzard, where he counseled business units on legal issues pertaining to consumer products, contests and sweepstakes, brand enforcement, and product marketing. Prior to his work at Activision Blizzard, Mr. Dobill was an associate at Morrison & Lee LLP, where he represented video game developers, video game publishers, esports competitors, esports tournament platforms, new media talent, and technology companies in transactional matters. Mr. Dobill leverages his experience working with independent and AAA video game clients alike to provide pragmatic, business-minded, and cost-effective counsel. He is admitted to practice in California.
University of Illinois, Springfield (BA, magna cum laude, 2014)
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (JD, 2017)
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Interactive Entertainment Alert
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