U.S. District Court for Nevada grants Bally’s motions for summary judgment in patent case with International Game Technology

Bally Technologies released a press statement announcing that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has issued written orders granting Bally’s motions for summary judgment in a key patent case between Bally and International Game Technology.  

In its orders, the court ruled that:  

  • IGT’s two “wheel” patents are invalid.   
  • Even if the related patents were valid, the Bally games at issue would not infringe.    
  • IGT’s touch-screen player-tracking patent is invalid.    
  • Bally’s SDS and ACSC iVIEW player-tracking units do not infringe the two asserted player- tracking patents.  
The court also found issues of material fact regarding IGT’s alleged inequitable conduct before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and ordered that Bally’s antitrust counterclaims may proceed to trial.     

“The court’s rulings validate Bally’s approach to intellectual property and minimize any potential financial exposure for the Company,” said Richard M. Haddrill, CEO of Bally Technologies. “These rulings strengthen Bally’s anti-trust case against IGT and leave it as the only significant matter remaining in the case.”  

Mark Lerner, Bally’s general counsel and senior vice president, added, “The court’s summary judgment rulings in Bally’s favor on both invalidity and non-infringement on multiple grounds is a powerful validation of Bally’s position.”