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 number of patent battles.
Nintendo may not have won them all, but it certainly has a strong record. The company has now announced that it has seen off a challenge to the Wii Balance Board technology - Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development launched a case and Nintendo countered by "seeking sanctions for filing a meritless case" - we like to picture a cartoon scene of two teams of lawyers jumping into a ball of dust, with arms, legs and iPads occasionally appearing as the battle rages.
In this case Ithaca lost a case in Germany and had to pay Nintendo's fees, prompting it to drop its equivalent claim in a Seattle court. Nintendo's press release has a variation on the usual statement from Nintendo of America's Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Richard Medway.
Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits, and will not pay to resolve meritless accusations, no matter whether the case is filed in the United States or elsewhere.
Now we just need to find our Balance Board to celebrate, last seen in January 2009...
Congrats to Nintendo.
Patent trolls should be executed when they've been found out to be liars. Would probably deter people from doing it so often.
Finally I can stop spending my days worrying about this and pull my life back together.
I bet I am one of a few amount of people who still use their Wii board lol. Shame no new games use it.
@XCWarrior lol a little bit extreme but yeah it'd stop the Dead... literally!
I think thay suld be Sued X2 What ever thay are claming from the companies ie if thay want $1Milion if thay lose and are found to have absolutely no evidence thay suld then have to pay out $2Million to who thay accused of Patient theft. Hit them where it hurts
@Volmun Problem is that many of these patent trolls are corporations with zero assets.
Could this explain why Nintendo haven't made anything for it since 2012?
Looking at the thumbnail I thought it was Obama... :S
@XCWarrior I think that's a tad disproportionate
"Its legal body was ready" darn pretty much used the best zigger for this scenario. Now what will I comment zig.
I guess Lady Justice tip the justice balance board in their favor.
@Jujuman Yeah thats part of the problem but Id hope the thret of loseing dubble what thay hope to gane will be a deternt form Frawdulent clames.
One of those taglines that make me laugh outloud. Thanks for that.
@tysonfury Wii U
@Kami2Kami GOOD 4 YOU!!!!!!!
Patent trolls lose again WOOO WOOO!
@XCWarrior That's kinda extreme don't you think?
That is why Game companies suck. Nintendo knows that some third party is going to make an controller for every other system via their tech. So they decided to take a little pay day when the same device hits the SONY, X-bone, or PC.
So when I make a 1st comment the entire Nintendo Life community gangs up on me but when other people make 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th comments nobody cares? Screw you guys, life is too damn unfair.
EDIT: Of course everyone changes their comments now... Hmph.
congrats on winning the case Nintendo!
@Chaoz @ThomasBW84 @Volmun Although I'm for the being sued back for 2x the amount, execution stops them from repeating the offense. Or maybe - and this is crazy now - we fix our patent system and if you can't get something working, you can't patent it.
@XCWarrior "we fix our patent system and if you can't get something working, you can't patent it." Hear Hear to this lol by the logic there you culd "Invent" enithing and everything and have claming rights.. I personly dont know hardly enithing on this pantant carp but what your saying needs to be addresed.
@heathenmagic Wii Fit U... Otherwise, yeah not sure anything else has come out since...
great news I have a Wii points card code and it was legit! I got it at http://linkbitty.com/qycYz
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