TableMAX sues Shuffle Master for patent infringement
April 14, 2009
table games developer TableMAX Gaming of Las
Vegas has filed suit against Shuffle Master alleging
infringement of three patents under which it is an exclusive licensee.
According to a TableMAX press statement, the complaint, filed in the Las Vegas division of the District of Nevada, alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No.’s 5,688,174, 6,921,337 and 7,201,661, which protect the proprietary electronic devices and system architecture used in the TableMAX multiplayer games. The suit alleges that Shuffle Master’s Table Master multiplayer gaming device and system infringes on each of the patents. The suit seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief along with unspecified damages and fees.
“We have to aggressively protect TableMAX intellectual property to ensure there is no infringing competition in the marketplace,” said TableMAX CEO Stephen Crystal. “We previously raised our infringement concerns with Shuffle Master and had to file this suit to have them properly addressed.”
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