Bodog lost their domain name (website address), www.bodog.com and www.bodog.net among affiliate domains and other various gambling website addresses, it seems that Bodog Fight and Bodog Beat were originally not effected. They’re gone now though.
Untangling what actually took place has taken a bit of time, as Bodog originally thought it to be a DNS error, in fact, more details are being discovered as time passes.
A Washington State judge ordered Bodog.com’s registrar to remove the website due to a patent infringement claim filed, and won by 1st Technology LLC. Some say the infringement is laughable, and patents on any portion of the concept of gambling online, is unenforceable and just another attack by the United States on online gambling.
As an Oregonian, I must say, I do wonder with all of Washington’s attention to online gambling… How DO they find they find the time to keep those highways so tidy!
On the 1st day of August 2007, a Superior Court Judge in King County Washington ruled that Bodog was infringing upon the patent rights of 1st Technology LLC, in the matter of 1st Technology LLC VS Bodog ENT Group S.A.
Bodog failed to show up in court, and was cited for the offense, though it really does seem they were completely unaware. Some say that perhaps they were aware, yet not willing to step on US soil after such aggressive legislation and enforcement tactics have already been displayed in the US so recently.
However, didn’t Bodog just have a pretty big presence at the 2007 WSOP, with their bus, the Calvin Ayre tryouts.. etc?
In the midst of all of this, Bodog Poker and Calvin Ayre would like to welcome you to their new home, www.newbodog.com. The site where the word Bodog, according to Calvin Ayre is still in use, as it is legally trademarked, which might just make things a bit sticky for the new owners of those confiscated domains.
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