Gem­star unit files pa­tent law­suit

Los Angeles Times - - Business -

Gem­star-TV Guide In­ter­na­tional Inc.’s TVG horse rac­ing net­work sued track owner Magna En­ter­tain­ment Corp. and two sub­sidiaries over patents for interactive bet­ting.

Also sued were HRTV, which also runs a horse rac­ing TV net­work, and the XpressBet Inc. wager­ing busi­ness. The suit, filed in fed­eral court in L.A., claims that the com­pa­nies in­fringe on two patents re­lated to sys­tems that let users bet on races by re­mote con­trol through their TVs.

Magna is North Amer­ica’s big­gest owner of horse tracks, in­clud­ing Pim­lico in Mary­land, where the Preak­ness, the sec­ond leg in rac­ing’s Triple Crown, will be run to­day. Both TVG and HRTV show horse rac­ing and al­low view­ers in 11 states to bet through interactive TV, on­line or over the tele­phone.

Gem­star is based in Hol­ly­wood.

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