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Major patent lawsuit set between slot manufacturers

Sep 29, 2008 7:29 PM

by Ray Poirier | There’s a major patent lawsuit that is set to be heard next month involving slot machines manufactured by International Game Technology and Bally Technologies Inc.

But you don’t have to wait until the outcome, says a gaming analyst. His "sources" have told him they are confident the judge will rule that some of IGT’s patents are invalid.

Todd Eilers of Roth Capital Partners LLC reportedly told his clients in a recent note that based on his "sources" the judge will issue a summary judgment in favor of Bally Tech before the case goes to trial.

These "sources" also indicated to Eilers that the judge may take certain Bally Tech games, such as Monte Carlo, out of the claim.

The two companies have been involved in legal hassles since the development of gaming wheel products.

However, earlier this month, a Nevada district court judge ruled in favor of IGT in a patent infringement dispute with Bally Tech. In that matter, Bally Tech had claimed that IGT’s so-called wheel games infringed on one of its patents.