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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:50 pm    Post subject: Patents and Internet Gambling? Reply with quote

What can you tell me about patents on Internet poker?

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More legal cautions and how-tos for prospective operators from top gambling law experts at You Asked Us.

See also, Is there a separate legal system for the adjudication of Internet-related disputes? at You Asked Us.


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We had an inquiry lately regarding patents on Internet poker, which gave us some good fun searching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Click on the 76 hits we got Sept. 8/04 searching the terms, 'sofware and gambling and poker and internet, at U.S. and international patents.

If you click on one or two of the hits, you can see not only U.S. and Canadian patent information but also foreign applications, renewals, etc. There are also names and contact information for each applicant's attorney(s) should you wish to challenge a claim within the prescribed limitation period.

To challenge a patent application, you must first understand the claims, and this is an intellectual sport we greatly admire but could not possibly even in our wildest dreams entertain, though we could put you in touch with those who would and do. Please let us know if we can help in this regard by contacting legal@pokerpulse.com.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New online poker game claims to circumvent U.S. I-gaming prohibitions:

We came across this unusual press release Dec. 13/06 from a Florida gambling information outlet, GamingPublic.com, about a version of online poker that claims to be immune from U.S. Internet gambling prohibitions. Here's an excerpt to explain:

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In 2001, then detective Randy Peterson, a court-accredited gaming expert, invented a new version of poker that could be played online and meet the strict definitions needed to be a skill game, and thereby be legal in most American states. Mr. Peterson (now retired) began marketing the game with an online operator. However, he found it difficult to compete with existing operators and the project remained shelved until last month.

Mr. Peterson’s concept, systems and methodologies for the playing of games of chance based on user skill are protected by US patent and patent applications. (The filings are available to interested parties by emailing info@GamingPublic.com).

Mr. Peterson told GamingPublic.com that Duplicate Poker does not change how poker is played, only how it is judged. It was not designed to replace conventional poker but rather as a tournament methodology that would lend itself to legitimate online play, exemplify skilful play in broadcast events and make possible for the first time a truly judgable format for team play.


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For more information, contact Patrick Smyth
Phone: 310-295-9683,
E-mail: info@GamingPublic.com.


If you do, please ask him what a 'court-accredited gaming expert' is and what kind of a detective the inventor was in his previous incarnation.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodog sparring in court over patents with inventor Ayre calls a patent troll:

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Online Casino Disappointed With Patent Result
By Staff
Oct. 15/07


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The founder of online gaming operator Bodog Entertainment Group, Calvin Ayre, announced that the first hearing in a case that he had hoped would remedy a seven-week dispute over alleged patent infringements produced ‘disappointing results for international fairness’. The case, being heard by the US District Court for the District of Nevada and presided over by Chief Judge Roger Hunt, is between Bodog and 1st Technologies LLC over the online giant’s alleged patent infringements, which led to it being deprived of its domains and hit with a $49 million default judgment.

During the hearing, 1st Technologies' request for a permanent injunction to halt all Bodog business in the U.S. was denied as was a motion to stop any redirection of Internet traffic to BodogLife.com, the new website established by Ayre after the confiscation of the Group's key domains in the earlier judgment. The judge found that 1st Technologies' motions for a permanent injunction were faulty and requested inappropriate relief. He stated that 1st Technologies had ‘failed to satisfy the requirements for permanent injunctive relief and, in the Court's view, is requesting relief beyond this Court's power to grant.’ The court also denied the request to transfer the ownership of Bodog's trademarks to 1st Technologies along with its application for bond.

However, Bodog did not have it all its own way as the court also denied its motion to set aside the multi-million-dollar and domains control default judgment, which remains in force. Ayre stated that he will be launching an appeal against this decision as the official lawsuit notice was served to an office in Costa Rica, meaning that Bodog never officially answered or defended itself against the charges.


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View the BA-zillion 1st Technologies LLC patent claimslisted at Justia.com News & Commentary, including 1st Technologies LLP v. Sportingbet 2005, which was dismissed Dec. 22/05, though each party bore its own legal costs.

View the summary and court documents regarding 1st Technologies LLC v. Rational Enterprises Ltda. et al:


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Plaintiff 1st Technology LLC alleged that defendants Rational Enterprises Ltda., Rational Poker School Limited, Bodog Entertainment Group S.A., Bodog.net, Bodog.com and FutureBet Systems Ltd. infringed on U.S. Patent No. 5,564,001 entitled Method and System for Interactively Transmitting Multimedia Information Over a Network Which Requires Reduced Bandwidth attributed to inventor Scott W. Lewis of PS Partnerships.


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View the Sept. 11/07 post at Troll Tracker.com, Billionaire Badboy Calvin Ayre Mocks and Threatens Patent Troll 1st Technology:

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... Scott W. Lewis, formerly and possibly currently of Los Gatos and/or Saratoga, California, has formed 3 entities, 1st Technology LLC, 1st Media LLC, and 1st Telephony LLC, and has populated these entities with 7 different patents. He is now suing the entire e-gaming industry in federal court in Las Vegas. So far he appears to have filed 7 lawsuits (hmm, 7 patents, 7 lawsuits - Vegas is the place for him).

Lewis first formed his corporations as California corporations, but then reformed them in Las Vegas. Perhaps he moved there, or perhaps he was just concerned about his cases being transferred. In fact, in one of his cases, a motion to transfer was withdrawn after he refiled his corporate papers in Las Vegas. So this is no different, apparently, then the patent trolls who manufacture venue in Marshall, Texas - Lewis is just manufacturing it in Las Vegas. Why? Because the Internet gambling industry is probably perceived by the community negatively, as a threat to jobs in Las Vegas. That's my guess, anyway. ...



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bodog Regains Control of Bodog.com After Legal Battle
By Dan
April 21/09


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Bodog has resumed ownership of its original domain name, Bodog.com. ... as a result of ... settling a patent infringement lawsuit with 1st Technology, LLC.

... According to a press release distributed by Morris Mohawk, which owns the rights to market Bodog in North America, “This settlement ends the series of 1st Technology’s lawsuits addressing the alleged use of patents in the 1st Technology portfolio. The settlement also resolves 1st Technology’s judgment collection efforts.” Patents for what the press release calls “advanced media products” are included in the settlement and deal with transmission of data through mediums such as telephones, WiFi, and cable.

... Bodog did not respond to 1st Technology initially, leading to the multi-million-dollar default judgment. Speculating as to why the online poker site chose to ignore 1st Technology’s threats, the (Vancouver Sun) newspaper commented, “One possibility is they were scared away by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has declared war on Internet gambling.” Last April, Bodog founder Calvin Ayre left the company to pursue work with his Antigua-based foundation. The billionaire currently resides in the Caribbean island nation.

Dr. Scott Lewis heads 1st Technology, which is based in Las Vegas. He’s a leading expert in multimedia technology and holds a doctorate degree from Oxford. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard, one of the top business programs in the world. He commented on Monday night, “We are pleased to have finally resolved this dispute and applaud Mr. Morris for his proactive and constructive approach.” Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. However, the squabble between 1st Technology and Bodog appears to have been resolved permanently.

... Bodog ... is the fifth largest (gambling site) accepting U.S. poker enthusiasts, trailing only PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, CEREUS, and the Cake Poker Network. (emphasis added)


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