Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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default judgment, patents, poker


Bodog Loses Another Round Of Patent Poker

from the try,-try-again? dept

You may remember last year that the popular online poker site was forced to change its name after losing a patent battle in Nevada, where the judge seized Bodog's domain name. The whole thing was pretty questionable. First of all, the patent itself is incredibly broad and could be used against any number of online sites. Secondly, why would a judge order that a company's domain name be taken in a patent dispute? The domain itself has nothing to do with the infringement. Of course, the ruling itself was mostly based on it being a default judgment: no one from Bodog showed up, pointing out that the site was not based in the US at all.

However, after losing, the folks at Bodog did file an appeal, arguing that it wasn't properly served and that it, as a Costa Rican company, is outside the jurisdiction of a Nevada court. The appeals court apparently disagrees and has affirmed the lower court's decision without issuing any opinion. The ruling still makes very little sense, but that's what happens when you don't show up in court when sued, unfortunately.

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    Dosquatch, 10 Oct 2008 @ 12:25pm

    Re: You don't lose your assets

    Assuming both parties are subject to the same jurisdictions and laws, certainly. But I would certainly find it repugnant were I to be tried and convicted in a foreign land, have the foreign court issue an attachment on my property here, and then have an entity HERE actually enforce that.

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