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Nintendo acquires patents from IA Labs following legal victory

Nintendo acquires patents from IA Labs following legal victory

Thu 09 Jan 2014 5:27pm GMT / 12:27pm EST / 9:27am PST
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IA Labs had sued Nintendo, alleging that Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus violated its patents - now IA has lost its patent portfolio to Nintendo

Nintendo announced today that as of January 7, 2014 it obtained the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs during a sheriff's sale in Montgomery County, Maryland. IA Labs had previously sued Nintendo for patent infringement in April 2010, but Nintendo successfully defended the lawsuit and obtained judgment in its favor in February 2012. IA had alleged that Nintendo was violating patent US7121982 B2, granted back in 2006, by creating games like Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus

While the trial court awarded Nintendo some of the costs and fees it incurred defending the case, Nintendo said in a statement today that IA Labs failed to pay the amount due, "so a sheriff's sale was conducted to sell IA Labs' remaining assets, including its patent portfolio. Nintendo obtained IA Labs' entire patent portfolio at that sale as partial repayment for litigation costs."

"Nintendo's track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we believe we have not infringed another party's patent," commented Richard Medway, Nintendo of America's vice president and deputy general counsel. "This includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

5 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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One patent troll down, about a billion to go...

Posted:3 months ago

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Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Notice the trial was in Maryland rather than Texas.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 10th January 2014 1:17pm

Posted:3 months ago

#2

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,119 889 0.8
Ouch.

Posted:3 months ago

#3

Tom Hunt
Game Developer

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I like that this has happened. I do not like that this has had to have happened. I do not like that it takes a company like Nintendo to fight back against a patent troll. If this had happened to a less-financially-endowed company, they would have been finished, and the troll would have one more notch in their belt to extort more money from bigger companies.

While I applaud Nintendo's success here, I am still ಠ_ಠ at the state of affairs wrt patents.

Posted:3 months ago

#4

Andrew Watson
Programmer

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Patent system overhaul when? It desperately needs one

Posted:3 months ago

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