Scientific Games Loses Patent Court Case

Tisha Walden | 14 Aug 2018

Scientific Games in courtLas Vegas-based casino products supplier Scientific Games has reportedly been ordered to pay a whopping $315 million in damages to a group of rival firms. The court order has come on the heels of Scientific (SG) losing a US anti-trust case, according to local media reports on the matter.

A jury in a Chicago court ruled against SG, ordering the company to pay over damages of $105 million initially. However, the hefty sum was automatically tripled in value under American anti-trust legislation, making the new total amount payable $315 million instead.

SG’s Patents Deemed ‘Invalid’

The local US-based software supplier for online casinos has been deemed to have initiated a patent lawsuit in an attempt to control the market for automatic card shufflers at land-based casinos. Back in 2012, Aces Up Gaming, Shuffle Tech, and Poydras-Talrick Holdings teamed up to compete in the automatic card-shuffler market, but a lawsuit was soon filed against Shuffle Tech, who were accused of using SG’s patented technologies without prior authorisation.

In response to the allegations, the rival companies argued that it was the US Patent and Trademark Office that had been misled by what they termed ‘overly broad and invalid patents’. It was this argument that eventually culminated in this week’s ruling against the Vegas gaming giant who began the legal proceedings to begin with.

Firm Involved with Sports Betting

Issuing a statement on the matter, Scientific Games’ Susan Cartwright noted that her company believes that the jury reached an incorrect conclusion. She revealed that the firm now aims to seek review both for the finding of liability and the damages award, both in front of the trial court and on appeal, should it become necessary.

In other related news, SG has also recently become involved with the widespread implementation of sports betting in the USA. The company recently inked a brand new partnership with fellow Vegas gaming giant, Caesars Entertainment, in a betting deal that will cover the markets of both Mississippi and New Jersey.

Founded in 1973, Scientific Games is an award-winning supplier of end-to-end lottery and casino gaming solutions. Supplying its products to operators across the globe, the company is currently headed up by CEO Gavin Isaacs, who has been in his present role since June of 2014. SG also operates several successful subsidiaries, including development studios Bally Technologies and WMS Industries.

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