ast week, Lewis vowed that the action against Bodog cases will continue. "More and more subpoenas will be issued and more Bodog advertisers and affiliates will be required to respond with more financial and tax information that tracks the Bodog money trail," he said, adding that there will be further depositions of those who receive significant payments from Bodog.
"Lastly, most legitimate gaming companies are already licensees of 1st Technology so there will be little effect on the "legitimate industry," he said. "And after the re-exam process is complete and the patents [have been] reaffirmed our license rates will likely go up substantially."
Lewis also insisted that Bodog’s re-examination initiative will not impact in any way the current Bodog domain confiscations or his firm’s endeavors as a legitimate "judgment creditor" to collect on the multi million dollar U.S. Federal Court default ruling against Bodog as the judgment debtors.
"In fact, our collection efforts will now actually be accelerated," the 1st Technology executive asserted. More seriously, Lewis has accused Bodog of conducting what he characterizes as a "blackmail" campaign against his company.
"Over the past two weeks, as substantiated by [this week’s] court filings, [Calvin] Ayre and Bodog entities have carried out a "blackmail" effort against me and my companies under the cloak of "settlement" talks: accept less than 1 percent of 1st Tech’s valid judgment against Bodog; drop all legal actions against Bodog, Calvin Ayre and any Bodog or Calvin Ayre company....or we will take action to re-examine all of your patents and as Ayre aptly states "put [you] out of business," Lewis alleged.
"If we had agreed to this blackmail threat, the settlement agreement provided by Bodog would have fully protected us from any future re-examination of our patents by Bodog, Ayre, or any related entities," Lewis disclosed.
"So Ayre actually was not motivated by concern over ’patent trolls’ or the industry, but in using the threat of re-examination to hurt myself and 1st Technology. And if we were to agree, [then] Ayre and Bodog would have been content to move on and forget about re-examinations as long as their liability as judgment debtor had been capped at 1 percent of the U.S. court judgment against them," he concluded, implying that the Bodog executive has acted purely in self interest on the re-examination issue.