Sunday, November 18, 2012

Elaut Targets Ocean over Game Machine

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Elaut (plaintiff) launched a complaint against Ocean Amusement Machine (defendant) in the U.S. District Court of Florida (case no. 6:12-cv-01698). 

Elaut is a provider of specially-designed games for amusement parks, arcades and casinos around the world.  Ocean Amusement Machine is engaged in the design, development production and sale of amusement machines.  Its main products include redemption machines, arcade game machines, fluorescent display machines.

The patents involved in this suit are listed below:

Patent Number
Current Assignee[1]
Issue Date
Expiration Date[2]

24 May 2011
25 Jan 2030
Portion of a game cabinet

28 Aug 2012
13 May 2030
Game machine

Note: Table information sourced from MaxVal’s Assignment Database.
As per the complaint, plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringes the above patents by offering game machines. The infringing product includes BH207 Super Prize Machine that was offered for sale at the year 2011 and 2012 IAAPA Fairs held in Orlando. Fig. 1 is a picture of super prize machine. Fig. 2 is a front view of one embodiment of a portion of a game cabinet.

 FIG. 1 Super Prize Machine 

     FIG. 2 ‘479 Design Patent


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[1] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[2] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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