Internet Gambling Patent Passes Validity Test

Published Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -

Serious consequences may evolve from a recent ruling over a patent infringement law suit. A few years ago a dispute erupted over a patent held by a company called 1st Technology and the Bodog Online Gambling Group. The Patent # 5,564,001 for online gambling over the Internet was proved at least to Bodog strong enough and comprehensive enough to make the gambling company settle 1st Technology's claim out of court. The dispute triggered a request that 1st Technology's patent be re-examined, and the word has come down that the patent had survived this test.
The company received notice recently that all of the original claims of the patent were confirmed and a number of additional claims also conclusive.

Scott Lewis, 1st Technology's CEO, said in an interview with Gambling911 that, "We are very pleased that our core ‘001 Patent has not only passed the re-exam process but that additional claims have been found patentable, making the ‘001 Patent stronger and more secure than ever." "This all is good news for the many current 1st Tech licensees in the industry who acted sensibly in negotiating licenses with us early on, and bad news for the dozens of hold-outs who received and ignored our infringement notices over the past ten years: since the stepped up licensing enforcement will be accompanied by higher licensing fees reflecting the true value and cost of the infringement," says Lewis.

Leisure & Gaming a publicly listed gaming group is the next firm to be served with serious patent infringement liability. Lewis recently received a U.S. Federal Court default judgment of over $5 million and a court injunction for any future infringement of the specific patent. "Also those new players in the Internet gaming industry which have been infringing on our patent and hoping that it would be invalidated, can now expect to be receiving infringement letters from us shortly," Mr. Lewis warned.

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