Jury To Decide Patent Validity In Casino Device Suit

Law360, New York (November 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A jury deciding Japan Cash Machine Co. Ltd.'s infringement suit over devices used in casino games won't hear evidence on whether the company deceived the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but it will decide the issue of patent validity.

Judge Robert C. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on Thursday granted JCM's motion to bifurcate the trial to consider inequitable conduct separately, but the judge denied a motion to toss counterclaims alleging one of the patents-in-suit was invalid.

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