The InstaDeal Poker Network, a company developing online poker apps for Android phones, iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices has recently introduced a new product called Speed Poker. Not something that would attract much attention unless Speed Poker wouldn't be the exact same thing as notorious Full Tilt Poker's Rush Poker. While Full Tilt is still concerned with their existence, the competition in the market is rising fast.
Despite the fact that Full Tilt Poker applied for a Rush Poker patent in 2007 in a number of global markets, Per Hildebrand, InstaDeal Chairman claims that Rush Poker “was never patentable” because Full Tilt only met one of the three criteria required to be granted a patent. The InstaDeal lawyers have assured Hildebrand that there are no legal barriers for the company to launch their own version of Rush Poker which gave him the confidence to carry on with Speed Poker.
“From that time on we were confident they were never going to get a patent for it,” Hildebrand told eGamingReview in an interview.
However, Full Tilt was not happy with the news and issued a short release regarding the Rush Poker matter: “Full Tilt Poker, its Affiliates and/or its Parent Company will take vigorous legal action against any infringement of their patent rights.”
Hildebrand says he doesn't understand why any of the other online poker sites haven't done the same thing as their company did. “PokerStars has suggested launching something similar and no one really knows what they’re up to but we gather that they’re looking into the legals. In all honesty I’m a little surprised that they haven’t launched anything yet,” he explained.
The InstaDeal Chairman and a former chief executive of the Entraction Network was happy that the other companies hadn't looked into the Full Tilt's Rush Poker patent issue more closely and therefore missed the opportunity to take action earlier. “We are a small company that has developed a great product so we’re happy with others thinking the FTP patent applied for so long,” said Hildebrand.
The main idea behind Rush Poker and Speed Poker is that the application allows players to play at a number of poker tables instead of just sitting there and waiting for their turn. Once the player folds their cards, they are immediately transferred to another table where they can instantly join a new game and therefore be in a constant poker action.