Nintendo Prevails in Patent Lawsuit

Nintendo Prevails in Patent Lawsuit


U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis of Tyler, TX dismissed a lawsuit brought to the court by Fenner Investments Ltd. against Nintendo.

Fenner alleged that the Wii and its controllers, as well as the Nintendo GameCube “infringed on one of its patents (U.S. Patent No. 6,297,751).”

However, according to the presser, no jury trial was needed because the judge clearly found there to be no infringement on behalf of Nintendo.

The only question in the case that still remains is:

Does that count as pwnage?

Press Release:

March 16, 2009 – A U.S. District Court judge has summarily dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nintendo brought by Fenner Investments Ltd. Fenner had alleged that the Wii™ console and its controllers, as well as the Nintendo GameCube™, infringed on one of its patents (U.S. Patent No. 6,297,751). Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas, dismissed the case on Monday, and ruled that there was no need for a jury trial.

“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President, Legal & General Counsel. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent, despite the risks that this policy entails. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of our legal team, which represented us so well.”

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