GAN threatens litigation to protect US rewards card patent

GAN threatens litigation to protect US rewards card patent

Monday, September 17, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Supplier claims a number of operators and suppliers are infringing on the patent

iGaming solutions provider GAN has hired intellectual property litigation firm Irwin IP LLP to target operators infringing on its patented technology for linking land-based casino reward cards to online gaming accounts. 

Irwin IP has been awarded a mandate to implement a US patent licensing and enforcement programme, which is targeting unnamed operators in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and Pennsylvania for allegedly infringing on the patent. 

The patent was awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2014. It covers a solution that allows US casino operators’ customers to link their reward card to their online gaming account, identifying them as a patron of an operator’s land-based casino and a retail rewards programme member. 

The patent was then re-awarded in March 2017, following an unsuccessful challenge by an anonymous gaming company.

This reinforced the value of the patent, GAN said, and prompted the launch of the patent licensing programme. The supplier then completed a £7.5m equity placing in June this year, and having appointed Irwin IP will now look to assert its rights over the patent.

While it does not name any of the companies believes to be at fault, GAN says that it will look to seek commercial settlements for prior and continuing infringements from these businesses. It said that the companies in question had been “substantially and progressively placed on notice” of GAN’s intellectual property rights.

To date the technology has been licensed to clients such as Station Casinos, Chickasaw Nation, MGM Resorts, Ocean Resort Casino and Parx Casino for social casino and real-money online gaming in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

A further update on the enforcement programme is to be provided when GAN reports its results for the first half of the year on September 28th.

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