Posted On: May 13, 2009 by YCST

Judge Sue L. Robinson: Claim Construction

Judge Robinson recently construed the following claim terms in patents related to technology involving casino gaming devices:

- "bonus"
- "bonus play period"
- "command"
- "message"
- "Issuing a 'command' 'responsive to a predetermined event'"
- "Issuing a 'command' or 'message' 'responsive to a predefined event'"
- "Issuing a command over the network to each of said preselected gaming devicdes responsive to initiation of the bonus play period."
- "Paying 'in accordance with' the 'command' or 'message'"
- "Issuing a command over the network including data establishing criteria to cause a bonus to be paid via one of said selected gaming devices upon the occurrence of a predetermined event."
- "Generating a message including data establishing criteria to cause a bonus to be paid via one of said selected gaming devices upon the occurrence of a predetermined event."
- "Transmitting a pay command from the controller to the gaming device upon the occurrence of the predetermined event."
- "Paying the bonus via the gaming device responsive to the receipt of the pay command."
- "Transferring promotional credit in the account to the gaming device."

IGT v. Bally Gaming International, Inc., C.A. No. 06-282-SLR, Memo. Order (D. Del. Apr. 28, 2009).