Slot-Machine Patent Doesn't Reinvent Wheel: Judge

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge granted summary judgment Tuesday to slot-machine manufacturer International Game Technology, ruling that all the patent claims asserted by fellow casino-game maker Bally Gaming Inc. were invalid due to obviousness.

Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada found all but one of the 22 claims of Bally's slot-machine patent to be prima facie obvious.

Bally first sued IGT on Sept. 5, 2006 — the issuing date of its patent for an "indicator wheel system" — alleging...
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