In 1985, 50 years after Parker Brothers obtained the Monopoly licence, the patent expired so everybody can makes copies of monopoly. That was immediately done by countries like Tunisia, Syria, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
On their turn Parker Brothers rapidly expanded their assortment with sets for former cummunist countries like Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, but also Turkey (all games manufactured in Ireland). Though the original Charles Darrow/Parker Bros. Patent has now expired, a lot of parts of Monopoly are copyrighted.
This is what you will see on the copyright notices on official versions and taking note of this will help collectors know whether it is an "official" version or not.
Also, Hasbro has got a Trademark on the word "Monopoly" using the Monopoly typeface and is renewed every ten years. This can be seen here.
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