Elaut Licenses Technology To S&B As Part Of Patent Infringement Suit Settlement

Posted On: 11/7/2018

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- Belgium-based arcade game developer Elaut NV and manufacturer, and its exclusive U.S. licensee and distributor Elaut USA Inc. have reached a lawsuit settlement against S&B Entertainment Inc. and St. Louis Game Co. regarding Elaut's patent for color-changing LEDs used in crane machines.
 
Elaut's lawsuit claimed that S&B Entertainment and St. Louis Game Co. infringed Elaut's patent through the sale of certain crane machines. As part of the settlement, Elaut granted S&B Entertainment and St. Louis Game Co. a license to use Elaut's LED patent for its full line of linked color-changing crane machines, including the Neon World, Ticket World, Prize Rocket, Duck World, Carnival Crane and Route 66.  S&B's license extends through its 2030 production year.
 
"The settlement of this lawsuit is good for both parties," said Elaut NV managing director Eric Verstraeten. "We are pleased to extend the use of our technology to S&B. They have been long established with almost three decades of high-quality crane production and are well known in the amusement industry for their innovation."
 
"S&B Entertainment clearly recognizes the value of this technology and acknowledges that Elaut devoted considerable resources to bring this revolutionary feature to the marketplace," added Elaut USA chief executive Glenn Kramer. "Elaut will continue to vigorously protect its intellectual property and will not hesitate to file suit against any party that infringes that patent or any other Elaut patent or trademark."
 
S&B Entertainment and St. Louis Game Co. principal and chief executive Brian Riggles said the company "has full respect for the intellectual property of other manufacturers and devotes considerable energy in protecting its own patents."
 
"Together with Elaut, we will identify potential infringements so we can protect our license and build on this unique technology for the next generation of cranes," Riggles continued. "We are very pleased to have amicably resolved this matter with Elaut and to have been licensed under the patent. We believe that color-changing LEDs enhance our machines and the player's experience."
 
The Elaut Group of companies has been providing amusement and gaming products to its customers around the world since 1959. In addition to Elaut USA, Elaut Group's other U.S. companies include Benchmark Games International LLC and Coast to Coast Entertainment LLC.
 
St. Louis, MO-based S&B Entertainment pioneered the win-every-time crane in the early 1990s and through S&B Candy and Toy and St. Louis Game Co. has consistently provided innovative product mixes and games for the amusement industry worldwide. S&B was recently recognized as Innovator of the Year by the Amusement and Music Operators Association.