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News: New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details

New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details

Points to console with no in-built optical disc drive

It can often be the case that patents point to way to what's on the way or, potentially, ideas that go unfulfilled. A recent patent spotted on NeoGaf does give some cause for great intrigue, seemingly outlining a concept for console hardware; considering the timing, the phrase 'NX' is naturally...

News: Nintendo Wraps Up Another Patent Win in Defence of the DS and 3DS

Nintendo Wraps Up Another Patent Win in Defence of the DS and 3DS

Secure Axcess loses out this time

Nintendo doesn't have a 100% record of winning patent cases, but it does win the majority. It often comfortably sees off particularly frivolous claims on broad technology patents, too - notable defeats have generally come against companies with which Nintendo has previously worked or liaised, not businesses that...

News: Nintendo Wins Patent Battle Over Wii Balance Board

Nintendo Wins Patent Battle Over Wii Balance Board

Its legal body was ready

Nintendo struck gold with the Wii, combining inexpensive technology with a motion controlled gaming hook that tens of millions of gamers found irresistible. That use of technology and the ludicrous profits it made naturally got the attention of other companies, however, with the home console and its accessories fighting a...

News: Nintendo Points the Way With Another Wii-Related Patent Win

Nintendo Points the Way With Another Wii-Related Patent Win

Long live waggle!

In recent days Nintendo secured a patent win over Creative Kingdoms in a case related to the Wii Remote, and it's now announced another favourable result in its defence of the innovative controller. In a press release issued by Nintendo of America, it's confirmed that a case with UltimatePointer over the Remote has been found in...

News: Nintendo Secures Second Patent Win Over Creative Kingdoms

Nintendo Secures Second Patent Win Over Creative Kingdoms

Hopefully that will be that

Nintendo faces plenty of patent challenges in the courts, the majority of which it wins. The Wii and its Remote have been targeted a great deal, in particular, and last year it saw off a challenge from Creative Kingdoms, a "theme park operator" that was claiming the Wii Remote infringed on the patent for it 'magic wand'...

News: Nintendo Appeal Takes Tomita Technologies 3DS Patent Case Back to Court

Nintendo Appeal Takes Tomita Technologies 3DS Patent Case Back to Court

And on it goes...

At the start of this year we reported that Nintendo was ordered to pay 3DS royalties to Tomita Technologies, having lost a patent trial related to the portable. The big N was accused of utilising patented stereoscopic 3D technology — particularly in the handheld's cameras — without permission; Nintendo had countered that it had...

News: Nintendo and Philips Sign Global Patent License Agreement to Resolve Dispute Over Wii Technology

Nintendo and Philips Sign Global Patent License Agreement to Resolve Dispute Over Wii Technology

Averts threat of Wii U ban in the US, particularly

Nintendo is well accustomed to tackling legal battles around the world, particularly patent disputes that have been prominent since the phenomenal success of the Wii and DS. While Nintendo comes out on the winning side in most cases, it lost a notable case to Seijiro Tomita over the 3DS, and has...

News: Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Also proposes enhanced experiences through smell, temperature and light

Nintendo may have submitted some rather peculiar patent applications in the past, but the most recent may have some foundation in reality, indicating a potential move into Virtual Reality for the company. It proposes a wearable device — potentially glasses — that is detected...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...

News: Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

More success for the legal team

Nintendo has endured its fair share of patent battles in recent years, with the Wii and DS in particular kicking off a range of proceedings against the company. Nintendo has prevailed the majority of times, with a rare blot in the form of a defeat to Tomita Technologies USA over the 3D camera functionality of the 3DS...

Feature: The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

Because gaming needs more wackiness

Nintendo is well known for pushing new ideas, often utilising established technology to broaden our horizons and shake up gaming experiences. The Wii Remote may have used well-worn technology in innovative ways to prompt a motion-control craze, yet it wasn't received with universal rapture before the Wii launched...

News: Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

A little mood lighting, perhaps?

Nintendo has proven itself a company willing to buck standard conventions and try out new concepts. Some ideas, such as dual screens and motion controls, become a solid entry into gaming culture. Others may never leave the drawing board. A Nintendo patent that was filed in September 2010 and widely spotted today...

News: Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales For Patent Infringement

Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales For Patent Infringement

1.82% of the wholesale price

Last year we told you about the ongoing patent dispute between Nintendo and Seijiro Tomita of Tomita Technologies USA. The case dated back to 2011, with Tomita arguing that the use of glasses-free 3D — in particular the 3D camera option — utilised his patented technology. Tomita had presented this technology to...

News: Nintendo Cleared in Wii Patent Dispute With Creative Kingdoms

Nintendo Cleared in Wii Patent Dispute With Creative Kingdoms

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...

News: Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

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...