Lotto Industry's Patent Settlement Hinges On U.S. Case

Law360, New York (November 29, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A patent lawsuit over a printing feature for lucrative scratch-off lottery tickets was settled Monday in Canada, with the final terms of the agreement hinging on related litigation pending in the United States.

In an industry worth billions of dollars globally, the settlement between Toronto-based Pollard Banknote Income Fund and its larger rival, Oberthur Gaming Technologies Inc., is just one of many that demonstrate how tiny mechanical features in the niche industry play out with huge consequences.

Oberthur, recently acquired by French gaming firm Fran├žois-Charles Oberthur...
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