Nintendo prevails in Triton patent lawsuit

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.

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Slade Wilson Financial Analyst 5 years ago
They always win the lawsuits
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
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?
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Steven Hodgson Programmer, Code in Progress Ltd5 years ago
patents like this make me sick
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
Erin, that wasn't a lawsuit.
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