Bally found to infringe certain International Game Technology patents regarding products in Bally’s Power Bonusing product suite
A federal district court
ruled that Bally Technologies infringed certain International Game Technology
patents regarding products in Bally’s Power
Bonusing product suite.
In a press statement, IGT said that Judge Sue L.
Robinson of the U.S District Court for the District of Delaware
ruled that Bally Technologies, Inc.,
and its affiliates Bally Gaming International Inc. and Bally
Gaming Inc., infringed IGT's U.S. Patent Nos. RE37, 885 and RE38, 812. The
court ruled that Bally's "Power Rewards" technology infringed claims
10, 33, and 46 of the '885 patent and claims 21 and 44 of the '812 patent, and
that Bally's "ACSC Power Winners" infringed claims 10 and 46 of the
'885 patent. The court also granted IGT's motion for summary judgment that the
'885 and '812 patents are valid.
In the same order, Judge Robinson denied Bally's motion
for a ruling that IGT's U.S. Patent No. 6,431,983 is invalid, according to the
"We are pleased that the court has affirmed the
validity of our patents and their infringement. We believe strongly in the United States
patent system and the need to protect our intellectual property and respect the
valid intellectual property rights of others," said Patti Hart,
IGT's president and CEO.
a Bally press release, the company said the court
has issued summary judgment rulings that Bally’s Power Promotions, Power Bank,
and SDS/CMP Power Winners products do not infringe IGT patents, while stating the
Court also found that Bally’s ACSC Power Winners and ACSC Power Rewards
products infringe some asserted patent claims but do not infringe others.
“For the two products partially in question, the company
has undertaken technical changes to ensure non-infringement,” said Ramesh
Srinivasan, executive vice president of Bally Systems. “The revenues derived
from these products to date are immaterial to Bally’s financial position.”
IGT filed this lawsuit against Bally in 2006, alleging
that the infringement has taken place despite defendants' knowledge that IGT's
patents cover the Bally Power Bonusing technology. The lawsuit seeks monetary
damages and an injunction. IGT said it expects there will be a trial to assess
damages following a period of related discovery.
Court rules Bally infringed certain IGT patents
April 30, 2009