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Nintendo Cleared in Wii Patent Dispute With Creative Kingdoms

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It threatened the U.S. import of Wii systems

Nintendo has to regularly defend itself in patent disputes, winning in many cases with the occasional exception. While the 3DS screen technology loss to Tomita Technologies USA could cost Nintendo $15.1 million, other cases have the potential to prevent imports of Nintendo systems to major territories — unless settlements are reached, of course.

Yet when it comes to the Wii and its various control methods Nintendo has been successful at defeating patent complaints against it. The latest example is a challenge from Creative Kingdoms. As reported by Bloomberg, Creative Kingdoms is a "theme park operator" that challenged the Wii Remote on the grounds of violating its "magic wand" product. It was attempting to block the sale of Wii systems in the U.S., but U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Charles Bullock rejected the claim. Below is Nintendo's statement.

On Sept. 12, 2013, Nintendo won a patent infringement case brought at the International Trade Commission by Creative Kingdoms. The commission found that Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems do not infringe Creative Kingdoms’ patents. The commission also found that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid.

“We are pleased with the commission’s determination,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

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Shworange said:

Ha! You have to be freaking kidding me! This company owns Magiquest! They're this really crappy game in which you buy a wand that hardly works and you have to run up and down three floors completing fetch quests. It would be okay in theory, but the freaking wand never works!!!!! Half your time is spent shaking your wand vigorously trying to get the small infrared sensor at the tip of your wand to register anything! If the Wii had that big of a problem, no one would have played it. Next time I go to the Great Wolf Lodge, I'll just skip those patent troll low life's attraction.



yuwarite said:

@Snkfiend For the longest time, it was Sony fans who acted like that... but then 2011 happened and karma bit them on the donkey XD



Snkfiend said:

@yuwarite Well I have no opinion of what fate or future for MS, Sony, or Nintendo going to bring I just want to play all the consoles titles/exclusives. Regardless every Gaming communities has fanboys that going to have they heads up their donkeys. So really you cannot blame just the Sony community which the Nintendo communities, MS communities and the Media were kicking them while they was down in 2011 which continued until they fought and got back on their feet. Sad to say it but I will be blunt you stated that karma bit them in the donkey but that a step backward opinion actually BOTH MS and Nintendo getting hit by karma now. So all this immature hate and superior over what console/PC is better isn't my forte.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

ANDDDDDDD @Snkfiend WINS! totally never thought someone like you existed dude , I agreed with you 100% console wars are just extremely useless and make ACTUAL gamers look bad



Snkfiend said:

@siconlolz Thanks man like I told the others on here we are a rare breed of gamers that try to have our voices heard but ignored because we are in between these Communities like cheese on a sandwich.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@Snkfiend EXACTLY! I mean in elementary and middle school I felt SO awkward saying I had a GameCube/ps2 and later a Wii/ps3 cause according to the gaming community that didn't make me a "true gamer" so I find it annoying when fanboys go at it and I'm on the sidelines like "Well why not both?"



grimbldoo said:

@Snkfiend #10
Except that cheese on a sandwich is very much noticed, why do you think they have hamburgers without cheese and cheese burgers with cheese and cheese sandwiches with only cheese and bread?



element187 said:

@Shworange Lots of people want a piece of that Nintendo war chest.... All it takes is one judge/jury to agree that Nintendo blatantly lifted an idea and they could be forced to fork over a very very large percentage of their profits from that particular product line. It would be a disaster for Nintendo if any of these companies get awarded royalties from their Wii business.



TheRealThanos said:

@siconlolz and @Snkfiend In my humble opinion it isn't good to be called a fanboy OR a gamer. They are the supposed opposite ends of the scale, but I rather just be a regular guy that REALLY enjoys playing games, regardless of what platform they're on. Being a gamer sounds to mr like it would have to be something that I do for a living or professionally, and for many of us, this is not the case. And as for fanboys: you have to understand that some people, being on a site that represents their brand, will defend that brand (some more so than others and to astonishing or irritating degrees) and in the case of Nintendo I can honestly, and objectively, see where some of that is coming from because Nintendo IS actually getting a lot of heat and largely bogus criticism for all kinds of things and if any of the other brands do the same, then almost nobody says anything. To me it is all hogwash, I just want to have fun using digital entertainment and ALL platforms have nice and rubbish games, so just pick one (or two) that you like and enjoy having them. Peace...



Zombie_Barioth said:

I like how this stuff just so happens to crop up after the console is successful or in this case, pretty much dead, not at or around launch of said offending product. Are you telling me it took 7-8 years for Creative Kingdoms to notice the Wii?

The way I see it the term gamer is more like being called a trekkie or something similar, or at worst an otaku depending on how far you take that term. it doesn't really bug me too much but its enough to make me want to roll my eyes sometimes, like when what "qualifies" someone as one come up.

As for Nintedo receiving a lot of heat, I think thats due in part to their reputation. To many they're the ones who saved the gaming industry and so on, they were one of the leading authorities on gaming back in the day so they just get held to that sort of standard. They've had a pretty pristean record up until now, where as Sony and MS have both made their share of mistakes. They're like that kid in school who everyone likes to pick on but never actually gets in trouble.



Snkfiend said:

@TheRealThanos I agree but I wanted to state my opinions regardless of what site it is and anybody states anything that contradicts anything fancy. People always wants to feel like they "high and mighty" but what they like to spit on the others thats lower than them. Just like your humble opinion vs immature first opinion like Zombie_Barioth. My point is that people like this try to hide behind his/her little fantasies and state people this and that but still talk trash about other companies and still prove my point gamer or not that they probably have one console but trying to stay under the radar which is his innate opinion. But I digress I see being a "gamer" is villain now but the Nintendo community stating to me again and again excuses over Nintendo receiving a lot of heat and the other companies isn't and people isn't defending Nintendo enough now that's hogwash bro they need to defend themselves Nintendo is a company not a indie group. It's nothing but stress y'all facing and I just wish people can get along and play whatever console/PC without all this BS hate and just ignore this idiotic media.



TheRealThanos said:

@Zombie_Barioth It's easier to get more money if a product becomes successful first, so maybe that's why they waited so long with their law suit.
Liking your analogy about the kid in school, by the way...
@Snkfiend You mad, bro? I was actually trying to make a point for both sides and also acknowledge the point that both you and siconlolz were making, and as far as the rest of my comment is concerned: I'm 43, and have been a sales & marketing professional for almost 15 years now. I work in the IT business but because of me liking games and consoles so much I actually keep tabs on that part of the market too and especially with new products, I love to closely follow the developing market, so I offer my opinion based on experience. Needless to say that it doesn't mean that everything I say is correct or fact, but I do try to assess every aspect and most of the time weigh my words very carefully before posting them. Maybe you should read my previous comment again and see that I wasn't raining on your parade or anything. I do think (but again: that's only my opinion) that the part about people making excuses for Nintendo is not entirely objective to say the least. It is very well documented with numerous examples to be found across the web that when Nintendo seemingly drops the ball they get more heat than the other two. This has only recently changed because of the giant f*** up that Microsoft made of the Xbox One introduction and all the backing down they had to do because of the outrage of there targeted audience.
I think that Zombie_Barioth is definitely onto something as far as Nintendo is concerned...
And being a gamer is not, as you say, villain now it's just that to me words like gamer, fanboy, otaku, trekkie, belieber and what not are all subject to a negative outside point of view, and because of that I don't want to be labeled with something so short-sighted. Something like 'Oh, so you're a gamer then? Is there also anything useful you do with your life? You're 43 man, get a life!' could be the kind of reaction I would get from some people because gaming is for kids, and not for someone my age, apparently...
In closing I totally agree with you (which I also already said in my previous comment) that we should all just choose whatever console/handheld (or several game consoles) and play whatever you like and enjoy it, instead of feeling the need to bash others or defending it like your life depended on it. People displaying their preference is fine by me, long as they just don't let it turn into something ugly... Peace...



Snkfiend said:

@TheRealThanos Nope I don't see or feel anger just stating my opinions. And I understand your whole topic lol i'm just saying that we shouldn't be in between this battle everybody having man I can ignore and regardless I have a job a good one and I still game so I don't care what ignorant person says to me about playing video games so I agree with your analogy. So if my first comment probably came off kinda strong so sorry I apologize if I offend you and Zombie_Barioth.



SurferClock said:

Why would a company like that try to block the sales of something that could promote interest in their product because of the similarities? That seems counter-productive.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@TheRealThanos :3 well that was a interesting point of view and well appreciated too, as I just consider gaming as a person who likes games and people who make a living out of it, similar to a artist, a fun hobby to some but to others a means of making money to pay the bills, but I see where you're coming from



TheRealThanos said:

@Zombie_Barioth You're welcome. Good to find like minds here.
@siconlolz Yep, gaming is that, you're exactly right. GamER however is NOT a profession and calling people that or being one, that is what I am against. (nothing radical though, just don't like it because of the accompanying short comings as explained in my earlier comments).
Gaming is something that I can safely assume we all do, but to take myself for example, I mostly play in the weekends or sometimes in the evening because for the rest of the day I have other responsibilities, that's why I call myself a person liking games, not a gamer. Just wanted to clarify that a bit more, but thanks for the positive feedback.

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