Nintendo ‘Wii’ns Patent Battle


Nintendo declared victory today in a patent-infringement lawsuit it faced from Impulse Technology Ltd. According to the lawsuit, Nintendo’s Wii-mote, Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit Plus infringed on one of Impulse’s patents. Impulse dropped the suit today after Judge James Gwin of the U.S. District Court in Cleveland ruled unfavorably towards the company.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo saw a suit against it dismissed. Back in March, a Maryland U.S. District Court judge dismissed another suit from IA Labs CA who also alleged the Wii balance board accessory, Wii Fit, and Wii Fit Plus infringed on its patents.  After each incident, Nintendo reaffirmed its use of innovative products that do not infringe upon intellectual property.

Of course, Nintendo hasn’t always been successful in legal battles. In 2008 Nintendo lost a patent lawsuit to Anascape Ltd. over a “3D controller with vibration” patent. The lawsuit was also brought against Microsoft who decided to settle out of court. Nintendo, on the other hand, continued to fight and the federal jury ruled in Anascape’s favor. The ruling applied specifically to the Gamecube, Wavebird, and classic controllers and cost Nintendo $21 million in damages.

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Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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