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News: Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Team behind RetroArch says Hyperkin is using emulators without permission

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console is a fantastic way to enjoy old classics, and offers plenty of benefits over existing clone retro systems, largely because it uses advanced software emulation to offer HD visuals and other benefits. However, it would appear that Hyperkin can't...

News: Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement, Looking For $9.43 million Settlement

Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement, Looking For $9.43 million Settlement

Legal laughs

Capcom has taken Koei Tecmo to court in Japan in relation to patent infringement and is seeking a settlement of $9.43 million. The first oral arguments were heard today in Osaka District Court. The first patent named in the lawsuit was filed by Capcom in 2002 and relates to "a function that lets you acquire new content by combining an...

News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

News: Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U's Dual Screen Capabilities

Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U's Dual Screen Capabilities

It's that time again

Nintendo is no stranger to patent cases, and it has been revealed that the company is involved in yet another — this time relating to the Wii U's selling point: its ability to display two screens at once. Nintendo Co. Ltd., Nintendo of America, Inc. and several other companies — including retailers who sell the system in...

News: As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

Japanese firm has no issue with the game's visuals

Unless you've been living down an especially deep well for the past week or so, you'll have heard of the name Flappy Bird. The smartphone title has attracted an astonishing amount of interest both from within and outside the games industry, and its creator Dong Nguyen apparently made $50,000 USD a...

News: Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Popular HTML5 remake is no more

In mid-October we told you about Full Screen Mario, a free, open-source HTML5 web version of the original Super Mario Bros., the work of college student Josh Goldberg. The site attracted publicity due to its recreation of the original game, as well as a random map generator and level creator. With publicity came the...

News: Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

"Full Screen Mario" infringes copyrights, claims Nintendo

Full Screen Mario is a recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. which runs in your web browser. It has all of the original levels and even allows you to create your own stages. It's an impressive feat of programming by a single person — college student Josh Goldberg — but Nintendo is...

News: Illegal Nintendo Clones Are Running Rampant On Windows Store

Illegal Nintendo Clones Are Running Rampant On Windows Store

Fancy Mario Jump!, Bowser Town Defense, Pokemon Attack! or Yoshijump?

Games which illegally use Nintendo characters are flooding the Windows Store, according to a report by Develop. Titles such as Mario Jump!, Bowser Town Defense, Pokemon Attack! are Yoshijump are all available now for download on Windows 8 devices — some of these games have been...

News: Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Previous ITC ruling upheld

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling by the International Trade Commission finding that Nintendo did not infringe on patents held by Motiva by importing its Wii console. Motiva held two patents relating to a setup for measuring user movement for the purposes of health and fitness. Back in 2008, the...

News: Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Restaurant owner Monteroza is less than happy

Restaurant chain owner Monteroza has filed a claim against Nintendo over the use of its "WaraWara Plaza" trademark. Monteroza — which operates 300 restaurants in the far east and runs a chain of Japanese-style public houses under the brand Wara-wara — filed a request with the Japanese Patent Office...

News: Sega and Gearbox Sued By Irate Gamer Over "Misleading" Aliens: Colonial Marines Footage

Sega and Gearbox Sued By Irate Gamer Over "Misleading" Aliens: Colonial Marines Footage

In court, no one can hear you scream

When Sega canned the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines it probably hoped that it would draw a line under what has been an especially torrid project for the publisher. The highly-anticipated game launched on other formats to scathing reviews and nightmarish stories from people involved wi

News: Nintendo Responds To Guilty Verdict In 3D Patent Case

Nintendo Responds To Guilty Verdict In 3D Patent Case

"Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside"

Nintendo has responded to the guilty verdict issued in its case against former Sony inventor Seijiro Tomita, who won $30.2 million in damages after insisting that Nintendo stole his idea for 3D display technology. The statement reads as follows: A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to...

News: Nintendo Loses 3D Patent Case Against Former Sony Inventor

Nintendo Loses 3D Patent Case Against Former Sony Inventor

Ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages

A few weeks ago, we reported that Nintendo was being taken to court by former Sony staffer Seijiro Tomita, who insisted that the Kyoto company stole his idea for glasses-free 3D screens and used it on the Nintendo 3DS. Tomita's claim was that he demonstrated the tech to Nintendo in 2003, and that several of...