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Skillz Mobile Gaming Company Hits AviaGames With Patent Suit

April 6, 2021, 2:43 PM

Mobile gaming company Skillz Platform Inc. filed a patent infringement suit in the Northern District of California alleging AviaGames Inc. is infringing on technology it gained access to while collaborating on a game for the Skillz platform.

Skillz alleges that the company’s Pocket7Games application and standalone game applications, including Bingo Clash, Solitaire Clash, 21 Gold, Explodocube, and Tile Blitz are infringing two of its patents.

“AviaGames set out, seemingly from the get-go, to steal Skillz’s highly valuable intellectual property in the form of copyrights and patents,” Skillz alleged in its complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The first patent at issue is Skillz’s ‘564 patent, entitled “peer-to-peer wagering platform,” which “caus[es] gameplay to be different between tournaments, but not between game instances in a given tournament,” the complaint alleges.

The second patent, its ’602 patent, entitled “event platform for peer-to-peer digital gaming competition,” allows peer-to-peer events to be location-based “so that the event will take place at a specific geographical location, and systems are in place to only permit users who are at those geographical locations to participate in the event,” according to the complaint.

Skillz seeks to enjoin AviaGames from infringing the patents and from “making, using, selling, and offering for sale” the Pocket7Games application and standalone game applications.

Cause of Action: Patent infringement.

Relief: Injunctive relief, damages, attorneys’ fees and costs.

Response: AviaGames didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Attorneys: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP represents Skillz.

The case is Skillz Platform Inc. v. AviaGames Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 21-cv-02436, 4/5/21.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Hayes in Washington at PHayes@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Patrick L. Gregory at pgregory@bloomberglaw.com

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