SHFL cleared in patent infringement case

    Bally Technologies, Inc. announced that on March 13, 2014, its wholly owned subsidiary, SHFL entertainment (Asia) Limited (“SHFL”), was notified by the Macau Public Prosecutor’s Office that there is no evidence that SHFL infringed either of the two patents that LT Game Limited Macau, LT Game Limited Hong Kong, and Paradise Entertainment (together, “LT Game”) alleged that it had infringed.

    Following an injunction asserted by LT Game during the 2012 Global Gaming Expo Asia (“G2E Asia”), criminal investigation proceedings were initiated by the Macau Special Prosecutor against SHFL over certain patents allegedly utilized in SHFL’s popular Rapid Table Games Multi-Game product (now called SHFL Fusion Hybrid).  SHFL had its SHFL Fusion Hybrid product covered as a result of the injunction – that investigation has now concluded with the Macau Public Prosecutor finding no evidence that SHFL engaged in any wrong doing, the company said in a statement. 

    “We are extremely pleased with the decision of the Macau Public Prosecutor’s Office.  We have consistently and vigorously defended our products against the many complaints made by LT Games and its affiliates.  We were vindicated in July 2013 on a similar issue with an acquittal by the Macau First Instance Court and are confident that we will continue to be vindicated in any appeal by LT Game,” said Ken Jolly, executive vice president of Bally’s SHFL entertainment (Asia) subsidiary.