It has been confirmed this week that Nintendo has lost their lawsuit for the Nintendo Wii Motion Controller to Koninklijke Philips. With Nintendo being found guilty of infringing two of the Dutch company’s technology patents while creating the Wii and Wii U.
Last month Phillips filed suit against Nintendo for infringing their patented technology for motion control and other wireless devices that can be remotely controlled using a second device.
In particular the lawsuit outlined that Nintendo’s Wii, Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Wii Mini and Wii MotionPlus technology were all in violation of using the patented technology.
Judge Colin Birss stated in the UK High Court, explaining “The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing,”
However the UK judge ruled that Nintendo was not in violation of the third patent regarding modelling a user in a virtual environment. Nintendo explained in a statement :
“Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others,”-“Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgment does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business.”
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