Bodog gives update on patent dispute

Calvin Ayre
Calvin Ayre continues his fight against the patent trolls.

According to a news release from Bodog, Scott Lewis and 1st Technology LLC have increased their use of scare tactics in their case against Bodog. This time they have targeted the advertisers who work in conjunction with Bodog with subpoenas.

Bodog points out in its press release that subpoenas sought from companies that work in conjunction with Bodog will be of no use in 1st Tech's patent dispute.

According to Bodog, 1st Tech brought its disagreement to a company in Costa Rica that provided domain management service for Bodog but was not actually a part of Bodog.

"At no time did Data Entry and Domain Management, S.A. (as it is now known) have a corporate relationship with Bodog," says Bodog in the release.

1st Tech claims the downloaded software used by Bodog customers for gaming violates patents held by the company. When it took its case to court, the company in Costa Rica was served.

When Bodog didn't respond in court, 1st Tech was awarded a summary judgment of $45 million as well as the domain.

The domain now sits empty as Bodog and its various products such as Bodog Poker have moved to domains.

Meanwhile Bodog is now fighting the summary judgment and reiterates that the company served with the original paperwork in the lawsuit is not a part of the Bodog corporation.

Bodog has been based in Antigua since fall 2006 and had previously been operating there under a license that was obtained when purchased from BetWWTS. Shortly after that, Bodog obtained its own license from the Antigua Gaming Commission, months prior to 1st Tech receiving a default judgment against Bodog's former independent domain management service provider.

Bodog's former domain management service provider is and has always been based in Costa Rica and has only ever provided Bodog with domain management and data entry services, said Bodog in its press release.

The company did say that at one time it did allow the Costa Rica company to use the Bodog name to make their domain management work for Bodog easier, but that is no longer and will never again be the case.

"The company targeted by Scott Lewis and 1st Tech in the patent dispute is not and has never been Bodog," says Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre.

"The company itself has been asset-less since long before litigation even began. No amount of subpoenas issued on the part of Scott Lewis and 1st Tech will make the wrong company the right company or put assets into an asset-less company. At this point they're just chasing shadows."

Bodog also pointed out that is in no way connected with 1st Tech's case.

"No subpoena that is targeted at anything to do with should affect or .net advertising relationship," said Bodog.

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