September 17, 2010

Walker Digital Sues Multi-State Lottery Association for Patent Infringement

Indianapolis, Indiana - Patent lawyers for Walker Digital, LLC of Stamford, CT, have filed a lawsuit alleging Multi-State Lottery Associationof Urbandale, IA, is infringing Patent No. 7,740,537, titled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING LOTTERY MULTIPLIERS, as issued by the U.S. Patent Office.

The claimed invention is one for processing lottery ticket sales, namely "multiplier" tickets which can be applied to a winning lottery ticket to increase its redemption value. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant's systems which implement the well-known Powerball(R) lottery game directly and indirectly infringe the '537 patent. Apparently the plaintiff and defendant had discussions regarding the licensing of the patent, with the defendant electing to not take a license.

This case has been assigned to Judge William T. Lawrence and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 1:10-CV-01180-WTL-DML.

Practice Tip: Knowingly infringing a patent can lead to infringement damages being tripled.

Complaint - Walker v. MultiState

Further Information about the case is as follows:

as 1:2010cv01180

Plaintiff: WALKER DIGITAL, LLC
Defendant: MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION
Presiding Judge: William T. Lawrence
Referring Judge: Debra McVicker Lynch
Cause Of Action: Patent Infringement