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Nintendo prevails in Triton patent lawsuit

Nintendo prevails in Triton patent lawsuit

Fri 28 Jun 2013 2:42pm GMT / 10:42am EDT / 7:42am PDT
Legal

Seattle federal judge dismisses the case against Nintendo

A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit brought against Nintendo of America by Triton. Triton had alleged that the Wii MotionPlus accessory violated U.S. Patent No. 5,181,181 owned by the company, filing its suit in Texas. Nintendo later won a transfer of the case to Seattle, where Judge Richard A. Jones rejected the case after hearing Triton's legal arguments.

"We feel vindicated by the court's ruling," said Nintendo of America deputy general counsel Richard Medway. "Nintendo's track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the Triton lawsuit, when we believe that we have not infringed another party's patent. Consumers respect Nintendo because we develop unique and innovative products, and because we respect the intellectual property rights of others."

Triton's patent involved a mouse (pictured) which could sense six degrees of motion in three dimensions. The device used three accelerometers to sense movement.

5 Comments

Slade Wilson Financial Analyst

14 11 0.8
They always win the lawsuits

Posted:A year ago

#1

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

2,283 2,491 1.1
I'll give Triton credit for the patent date but Nintendo licensed out that technology to another company that also had patents.

And why exactly didn't Triton try to sue Sony given that it was they that actually had a 6 directional sensing device (SIXAXIS) before Nintendo did?

Posted:A year ago

#2

Steven Hodgson Programmer, Code in Progress Ltd

85 122 1.4
patents like this make me sick

Posted:A year ago

#3

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

2,283 2,491 1.1
Erin, that wasn't a lawsuit.

Posted:A year ago

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