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Patent Law Keyed to Adelman
Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd. v. International Game Technology
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Plaintiff received patent '102 for an electronic slot machine allowing a player to choose winning combinations of symbol positions. Defendant manufactures and sells gaming machines, which Aristocrat (Plaintiff) claimed infringed upon patent '102. Plaintiff chose to claim, pursuant to § 112 paragraph 6, which requires the disclosure of the structure used to put the invention into use. The patent claims relate to the player's ability to define various arrangements of symbols in order to increase chances of winning on the slot machine. The claim defined the structure as a general purpose, programmable microprocessor. The district court found inadequate specificity and noted Plaintiff did not specify a specific algorithm to perform the invented function. Due to indefiniteness, the district court held all claims of patent '102 invalid. Plaintiff appealed.
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