|The founder of online gaming operator Bodog Entertainment Group, Calvin Ayre, announced that the first hearing in a case that he had hoped would remedy a seven-week dispute over alleged patent infringements produced ‘disappointing results for international fairness’.|
The case, being heard by the US District Court for the District of Nevada and presided over by Chief Judge Roger Hunt, is between Bodog and 1st Technologies LLC over the online giant’s alleged patent infringements, which led to it being deprived of its domains and hit with a $49 million default judgement.
During the hearing, 1st Technologies' request for a permanent injunction to halt all Bodog business in the US was denied as was a motion to stop any redirection of Internet traffic to BodogLife.com, the new website established by Ayre after the confiscation of the Group's key domains in the earlier judgement.
The Judge found that 1st Technologies' motions for a permanent injunction were faulty and requested inappropriate relief. He stated that 1st Technologies had ‘failed to satisfy the requirements for permanent injunctive relief and, in the Court's view, is requesting relief beyond this Court's power to grant.’
The Court also denied the request to transfer the ownership of Bodog's trademarks to 1st Technologies along with its application for bond.
However, Bodog did not have it all its own way as the Court also denied its motion to set aside the multi-million dollar and domains control default judgment, which remains in force. Ayre stated that he will be launching an appeal against this decision as the official lawsuit notice was served to an office in Costa Rica, meaning that Bodog never officially answered or defended itself against the charges.
'We regret that the Judge in this case decided not to let us open these legal issues,” said Ayre. “So, in addition to the inevitable appeal, we are also intending to open up new legal fronts to ensure that this important issue is given proper judicial review in the US.'