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Nintendo patent suit victory upheld

Nintendo patent suit victory upheld

Wed 19 Jun 2013 7:42pm GMT / 3:42pm EDT / 12:42pm PDT
Legal

Plaintiff IA Labs loses dispute over Wii tech, is ordered to pay more than $236,000 in legal fees

Game companies don't often comment on litigation, but Nintendo has made a habit of trumpeting its numerous patent suit victories since the 2006 debut of the Wii. Today the company touted another such victory, as the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a District Court judge's 2012 ruling for Nintendo in a patent suit over Wii Fit and other bits of Wii technology.

The suit was filed by IA Labs (Powergrid Fitness) in 2010, and alleged patent infringements relating to the Wii, Wii Balance Board, Wii Wheel and Wii MotionPlus. Nintendo won the case in lower court last year, with a judge determining the Mario maker had not violated any patent rights of IA Labs. The fitness company was then ordered to pay Nintendo more than $236,000 to cover legal fees, a decision upheld by the Court of Appeals.

"We are very pleased with the court's decision," Nintendo of America deputy general counsel Richard Medway said in a statement. "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent."

5 Comments

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Patent trolls need to be held accountable for their frivolous lawsuit claims.

Glad to see one getting the book thrown at them.

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Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

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Try to take credit for Nintendo's innovation and end up paying over 1/4 Billion $ in fees. Too bad...

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Not only should they have to pay legal fees but the Judge should also order them to pay some kind of pain and suffering fee for wasting Nintendo's time.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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@Adam:
Try to take credit for Nintendo's innovation and end up paying over 1/4 Billion $ in fees. Too bad...

Welllll... Nintendo didn't "invent" motion control as much as make major improvements to this already existing tech:

http://www.xavixstore.com/index.php

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Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

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I know Greg, that's obvious. They're trying to take credit for something Nintendo made popular in their own product, which is the basis of many of these patent trolls. I'm not saying Nintendo invented motion but they invented the Wii and made a success of various technologies they have every right to use within it.

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