New Wii patent case due next year

Motiva files second infringement case against Nintendo

A trial date has been set for Ohio motion control firm Motiva's second patent infringement case against Nintendo.

The company claims that the Wii treads on the toes of its 2005 patents for a "human movement measurement system," which cover devices including a wireless handheld controller.

Motiva also filed charges against Nintendo in 2008, which resulted in a court-ordered re-examination of the patents in question and the closure of the case.

The new case is due an initial determination of November 4 next year, reports the ITC, with a final decision by March 2012.

Motiva's goal is a permanent cease and desist order against Nintendo of America.

Despite holding the disputed patents, Motiva has yet to release to market any product based on them.

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Michael O'callaghan Studying MA Computer Games Art (Character), Teesside University9 years ago
"cease and desist" as if...
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game9 years ago
The case was closed in 2008? Why do they think it has a better chance now?
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Why is the patent office allowing such ridiculously broad concepts to be patented? We saw this not too long ago with that idiot who was trying to enforce a patent for drop-down menus in websites (not for the code, just for the idea).

Seriously. There need to be a few more tech-savvy folks down there.
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I smell more money being ordered to be paid to Nintendo...

And "human movement measurement system," - doesn't that sound slightly more "Kinect-ish"?
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game9 years ago
@Michael. As a patent needs some technical/implementation detail, if his patent involved a remote rather than camara recognition, it has nothing to do with Kinect, whether move was subject would depend onhow similar any of the included tech was.

But if the case was dismissed before, after re examining patents, that suggests that the first judge decided either the Wii was not close enough, or the bits that were were not clearly new tech when put in the patent.
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