The online poker website Bodog has won back control of the domain name bodog.com, assuming control of the domain name as a result of settling a longstanding dispute dating back to August 2007 with 1st Technology, LLC.
This settlement ends the series of 1st Technology’s lawsuits addressing the alleged use of patents in the 1st Technology portfolio. The settlement also resolves 1st Technology’s judgment collection efforts.
The agreement also covers core multimedia patents for advanced gaming products. The 1st Technology patents, developed by early multimedia pioneer Dr. Scott Lewis, CEO of 1st Technology, are targeted at providing enhanced interactivity and optimized delivery of high quality multimedia information over various bandwidth networks including narrowband and broadband telephone, cable, and wireless Internet.
“While the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group was not the judgment debtor, the MMGG is the exclusive licensee of the ‘Bodog’ brand within the region and, as such, activities that impact the brand necessarily impact our businesses. We are pleased to have worked constructively with 1st Technology and its principals to bring an end to this protracted dispute. This resolution will provide certainty and will also allow us to continue to enhance our technology base for online gaming in order to provide our users with unfettered access to the best technology,” said Mr. Alwyn Morris, Chief Executive for the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group. 1st Technology’s Dr. Scott Lewis commented on the agreement, stating, “We are pleased to have finally resolved this dispute, and applaud Mr. Morris for his proactive and constructive approach.”
Poker News Daily explains the background to the dispute as:
“Bodog lost its domain as part of the patent infringement lawsuit back in 2007. As a result, it quickly scrambled to move its operations to an alternate domain.”
“The arrangement between Bodog and Morris Mohawk for North American marketing rights was forged in September of 2007. One month earlier, Bodog found itself on the losing end of a $48 million default judgment. Bodog promptly launched newbodog.com, which ultimately led to bodoglife.com.”
Bodog.com is currently redirecting visitors to the website to bodoglife.com.
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