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ThinkOptical sues Nintendo over Wii Remote

Alleges infra-red motion tracking patent infringed

Wavit remote manufacturer ThinkOptical has filed lawsuit against Nintendo over alleged patent infringements regarding infra-red motion tracking.

According to a report from TechCrunch ThinkOptical, a California based company, also included Nyko Technologies, Walmart, RadioShack, and JC Penney in its complaint.

The suit was filed with the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas, and cites U.S. Patent Number 7,796,116, for an "electronic equipment for handheld vision based absolute pointing system." It also claims Nintendo knew the Wii would infringe the patent.

"The rejection of [...] applications - assigned to Nintendo Co. Ltd. - based on the '116 patent is proof that the Nintendo defendants knew or should have known of the objective risk that one or more of their products infringed at least one claim of at least the '116 Patent," said the official document.

Nintendo has yet to comment on the suit.

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