|The launch of the online game in the Norwegian market marks an exciting new era in NorskTipping history. "Through this new initiative, we are well equipped to meet the increasing competition from abroad with attractive games within a responsible framework, says CEO Torbjorn Almlid". "This is a necessary and important modernization of NorskTipping games portfolio. Customers expect us to have a good selection of gaming and so far we have been weak on this type of digital games, which has led to foreign players, who do not have a license in Norway, has gained a foothold," says Almlid.|
|PGRI Note: The state of OK forged a profit-sharing agreement that enabled the Tribes to implement online poker to be marketed outside of the U.S. This is interesting and potentially important not for any impact it would likely have on the international market-place for online gambling, but for clarifying U.S. federal laws as regards to the rights of states and Tribes to offer online gambling.|
|Patent troll (also called a patent assertion entity (PAE) is a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question, thus engaging in economic rent-seeking. Some might call it economic blackmail. Across the nation, many businesses faced with the prospect of complex, multimillion-dollar patent litigation decide to settle out of court. Unfortunately, this costs jobs and drives up the prices of our most innovative products and services. According to one estimate, trolls cost the U.S. economy half a trillion dollars between 1990 and 2010. Over $320 billion was lost to trolls in the last four years. Today, trolls account for most of the patent litigation in the United States, a clear illustration that this problem is only becoming more severe. We have to stop patent trolls from misusing low-quality patents to extort productive businesses in all sectors of the economy. Leaders from both parties in Congress have spoken out against frivolous patent litigation and are now demanding change.
PGRI Note: Of course, the lottery industry has also been plagued by parasitic patent trolls.
|"We're perfectly confident that this is authorized under the lottery act. It's very clear that it is," Lottery Director Ed Van Petten asserted, saying that the lottery's attorneys as well as vendors who sell the games have submitted legal opinions backing the move. Van Petten pointed out that losses on the subscription website are limited to $50 per week, and that rule will remain intact when the new scratch games launch. He said safeguards are in place to ensure that underage players can't bluff their way into opening an account, and that users are playing inside the state.|