The quintessentially-popular online slot machine and casino gambling firm Bodog Entertainment has taken another legal slam from First Technology. The increasingly hostile and vitriolic patent dispute between the two entities has hit another landmark, with yet another courtroom victory for the software company.
Last year, a U.S. court issued a default judgment against Bodog Entertainment, on account of company representatives or attorneys failing to show up in court. The default judgment was for the humongous sum of forty-eight million dollars, which was supposed to be paid out before March 2007. When that sum never materialized, First Technology brought the matter to an enforcement court in the state of Washington. Bodog again failed to make an appearance, and that judge gace first technology permission to seize the domain names of the famous online slots and casino gambling sites (of which Bodog.net and BodogLife.com are the best-known ) as a forfeit. Of course, things are never that simple.
Things all started when First Technology brought suit against Bodog Entertainment in September of 2006. First Technology cited patent violation, and claimed that Bodog had illicitly put into effect a “method and system for interactively transmitting multimedia information over a network which requires a reduced bandwidth.”
At the center of the legal brouhaha is Calvin Ayre, the handsome, flamboyant, and ridiculously wealthy founder and now former CEO of Bodog Entertainment. Ayre is known as the undisputed bad boy of the online gambling industry, and has waves of women, booze, and money trailing in his wake.
Continue to part 2 here.