Nintendo loses Wii Motion Controller Lawsuit

Nintendo loses Wii Motion Controller Lawsuit

It’s not been the first time we’ve have established that Nintendo has been sued for something in the past , but here’s one that’s come to a recent closing conclusion.

As revealed on Bloomberg on Friday, June 20, patents recognizing hand gestures and motion controls have been fought over by Royal Philips and Nintendo in regards to Nintendo’s Wii consoles, with Philips being the victor.

In a ruling determined on the same day, court judge Colin Birss said one of Nintendo’s consoles infringed two of Philip’s patents. A third patent was also in question, but this patent–pertaining to model a body in a virtual environment–was not violated by Nintendo.

The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing, ” Birss wrote in the decision at the UK High Court.

According to Bloomberg, despite the court’s ruling, Nintendo believes the two patents are invalid and it will seek to appeal the decision.

Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others, ” the company said. “ Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgment does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business.

Additionally, Philips has also filed lawsuit against Nintendo in other countries as well, such as the US, Germany and France.

We believe Nintendo infringed the patents and have tried to settle since 2011, but as that hasn’t worked out we had to take this step, ” said Philips spokesman Bjorn Teuwsen . “ This case relates to other cases in the U.S., Germany and France. It might help in those cases, but that’s not up to me but to the local authorities in those countries.

An order on damages regarding the this lawsuit is said to be issued next month, according to Birss.

[ Bloomberg ]

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