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The betting and gaming business thrives at the highly regulated intersection of law and international commerce.  Operators, investors, and other stakeholders identify and respond to legislation, regulation, and other forms of legal precedent in countries around the globe.  Traditional, or "bricks & mortar," gaming is evolving in response to changing economic realities, as new jurisdictions open their doors and as traditional markets come under pressure.  Online gaming, with its inherently international reach, presents unique legal challenges as jurisdictions continually reevaluate whether and how to permit and regulate online wagering.

At K&L Gates, we advise gaming and nongaming entities, including private and institutional investors and government agencies, with respect to the development, interpretation, and application of laws, regulations, and precedent.  We facilitate interaction with, and regularly appear before, licensing commissions in variety of jurisdictions.  We advise a spectrum of clients on issues related to tribal gaming in the United States. We have industry-specific experience in traditional gaming as well as with respect to the tribal and online sectors.  Our pertinent experience includes risk management, loss mitigation, compliance counseling, and litigation.  We have also advised international gaming concerns with respect to employment and intellectual property matters and have developed an internationally recognized depth of experience advising clients seeking to offer online gaming opportunities to U.S. citizens.

We stay current, to better serve our clients.  We actively monitor legal and business developments impacting the betting and gaming sector, not just in the United States but around the world.  Our team of gaming lawyers, resident in the United States, the European Union, and  Asia, is committed to our clients' long-term success.  We are also committed to the sector, and regularly publish and speak on topics of interest to operators, investors, and others with an interest in traditional, tribal, and online gaming.

Examples of our recent experience appear in the experience tab above. 

Government Affairs Advisor
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Of Counsel
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Government Affairs Counselor
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Managing Partner, Tokyo Office
P +81.3.6205.3601
P +44.(0)20.7360.8108
P +1.717.231.4570
P +65.6713.0259
P +44.(0)20.7360.8182
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Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8238
Managing Partner, Singapore
P +65.6713.0234
P +1.202.778.9363
P +44.(0)20.7360.8129
P +1.212.536.4074
Of Counsel
P +65.6713.0263
Of Counsel
P +1.412.355.6476
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Intellectual Property
Contested trademark matters in connection with gaming software.
Instant lottery ticket technology, including patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent clearance for international instant game supplier.
Intellectual property issues arising in connection with U.S. and cross-border acquisitions.
Patents for games, gaming machines, and related technology, including patent strategy, patent licensing, patent prosecution, and patent clearance for a leading provider to the global gaming industry.
Issuance of more than 650 U.S. patents for market-leading gaming machine and gaming system manufacturer.
Licensing, Compliance and Risk Management
Commercial and charitable sweepstakes, contests, and promotions offered online or through traditional media.
U.K. regulation of greyhound racing and its relationship with bookmakers, including database rights and related software used by tracks to relay data used by betting shops.
Development and implementation of fraud detection services and the potential risk under U.S. criminal law in connection with providing services to U.S.-facing Internet gambling operators.
Draft legislation permitting sports wagering in Macau.
Global acquisitions of U.S. gaming interests, including horseracing and advance deposit wagering operations.

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