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Judge Sue L. Robinson: Claim Construction

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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).

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