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Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

That legal team is on fire

Nintendo faces its fair share of patent battles, which in most cases — not all, with a notable loss on 3DS screen technology — go the Kyoto company's way. Plenty of these disputes focus on the Wii and its various peripherals, which is more than likely due to the console's phenomenal sales success and its various controllers incorporating multiple features; companies seem to fancy a crack at claiming credit. It's a double whammy that keeps dragging Nintendo into court rooms.

The latest success in seeing off patent challenges is related to the Wii MotionPlus, with a judge in Seattle dismissing a case brought by Triton. It doesn't necessarily mean game over, as Triton could potentially appeal the decision; in any case, the official press release is below.

A patent-infringement lawsuit brought against Nintendo of America was dismissed by a federal judge in Seattle. Triton had alleged that Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus accessory infringed one of Triton’s patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,181,181). Judge Richard A. Jones of the U.S. District Court dismissed the lawsuit following a ruling that rejected Triton’s legal arguments. Triton had initially filed suit in Texas, but Nintendo won a transfer to Seattle.

“We feel vindicated by the court’s ruling,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel. “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.”

We'll see which patent battle comes next. We did think we'd take the chance to highlight how strange some patents can be, as when checking details for this article we found this inflatable horseback riding peripheral patented by Nintendo in 2009; we originally described it as "MotionPlus for your butt". We're celebrating Nintendo's MotionPlus patent victory with a picture of this sadly undeveloped accessory below.

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User Comments (23)

element187

#8

element187 said:

"Still America, they aren't stopping, aren't they ?"

@Maestr0 of course not. There is 10 billion in Ninty's bank account, and people wont rest until they pry some of that away from them.

We see the same thing with lottery winners, they are approached by everyone to crack that wallet open, and as soon as the money's all gone, these people disappear and look for the next victim.

HeatBombastic

#9

HeatBombastic said:

It seems like a pretty easy case to handle. I wonder why no one has done anything about it yet?

EDIT: Perhaps potential lawsuits from Sony and Nintendo aren't being given because they want to see if they can make more money from the Ouya's potential success?

unrandomsam

#11

unrandomsam said:

@WiiLovePeace Somehow Sony and MS manage to copy Nintendo's ideas fairly wholesale. (Maybe they dedicate significant amount of resources to making something that just doesn't infringe.) If Nintendo was like Apple they could have stupidly broad patents dunno whether that would be good either.

Marioman64

#14

Marioman64 said:

that picture you got there is inaccurate, you're not supposed to remove the wiimotion plus from it's spiffy super-jacket :3

TreesenHauser

#16

TreesenHauser said:

Nintendo needs to stop everything they're doing right now, and get to work on that horseback-riding peripheral. LOL

Varia01

#20

Varia01 said:

Nintendo wins? That is shocking and amazing to hear. I really do like the MotionPlus. :)

Zodiak13

#21

Zodiak13 said:

@DanielWW Ahh, a fellow Sony hater. Was starting to think I was the only one on NL. That said, I do own on PS products but own 4 games only on PS3. Ni No Kuni, Demon Souls, and Uncharted 1&2 which came w/ the system. I will be getting a few Tales and Atelier games when I'm bored and have a few extra $$.

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