Slot manufacturer Bally Technologies announced that a federal court has ruled in Bally’s favor in an appeal of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by rival slot-maker International Game Technology over the use of wheel-style bonus games and ‘iVIEW,” Bally’s interactive service window for networked gaming applications.
In a one-word order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Nevada federal district court’s decision that certain of Bally’s wheel-based bonus slots and iVIEW products do not infringe IGT’s patents, or that IGT’s patents were invalid, or both. The appeals court affirmed the lower court’s decision in all respects.
“We are gratified by the court’s decision,” said Bally Chief Executive Officer Richard Haddrill. “It validates our approach to innovation and our respect for the intellectual property of others.”
The appellate court’s decision disposes of IGT’s entire case against Bally, leaving only Bally’s antitrust claims against IGT for trial.