In a press release sent out today, Nintendo has announced that a patent asserted against technology found within the Wii Remote has been deemed invalid.
The ruling comes from a federal court in Dallas and nullifies a $10.1 million jury award against Nintendo from way back in 2017. According to the release, "the court concluded that iLife Technologies Inc. was impermissibly trying to cover the broad concept of using motion sensors to detect motion".
The battle between Nintendo and iLife Technologies Inc. has been going on for some time; this newly invalidated patent was the last of six that iLife Technologies Inc. originally asserted against Nintendo in 2013. The other five were also found to be invalid in 2016.
Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Deputy General Counsel, has shared some fighting words in response to the news:
"Nintendo has a long history of developing new and unique products, and we are pleased that, after many years of litigation, the court agreed with Nintendo. We will continue to vigorously defend our products against companies seeking to profit off of technology they did not invent."
Update: An intellectual property attorney has weighed in on the court ruling, describing it as "a warning to patentees".
Another day... another law suit
This is the problem with our patent system. If only a legal case can get rid of an obviously bad patent, the whole system is pointless.
The patent office should have to refund all legal fees to nintendo.
Patent trolls do so love their Wiimotes. Like, did somebody actually wait 7 years to see a Wii for the first time and think "I already invented this"?
Bloody patent trolls.
The problem with patents, are people and companies filing all these patents and then they don't or never have any intent to even manufacture their work. So, they prey on the companies that actually do follow thru with manufacturing and try to sue for $$ as a cheap and inexpensive way to get money from honest companies. It's a rather draconian practice and it really needs to stop.
"...way back in 2017."
A testament to the speed of technology in just two years.
"HOLD IT! "
Just goes to show how long this stuff stays in litigation.
@BarefootBowser I bet they employ a salary based legal team that handles all their cases for the most part. They probably have a set annual budget for this "legal department" (or whatever they call it)... just my guess though.
Begone, patent trolls!
@BarefootBowser perhaps it did cost quite a bit. But imagine if they lost? Imagine other companies seeing that, thinking they could also take a chance at winning against a large company like Nintendo. And imagine all the royalties they’d have to pay if they had lost this case? This was probably a small battle but in the larger scheme of things, it’s wins like this to keep the integrity of the company intact.
I have been very impressed with the determination of Nintendo’s legal counsel. Time and time again, they make big examples of their opposition
patent Trolls are the worst now if the legality was legit that would be different but now we see they were just in for the money using general patents to make money and now have finally lost and now will paying back in kind to NIN to recovery their lost fund used to defend them. Now we will see that company/troll file for bankruptcy as a result of being Sued in return.
@FierceVinegar sorry to say but they still own the rights to them not you. So your attempts to grab for the last straw has failed here.
we need a new law that prevent s patent trolls from suing if they wait this long to sue but problem is no one has even heard of these guys so makes their claims invalid.
@BarefootBowser Spend more time thinking
I love seeing patent trolls get what they deserve = nothing. I understand why this part of the system exists, but dang does it get abused.
I'm not an insider of the court system, but it's amazing how long some of these things can drag out.
BRB, I just invented the Switch so I am suing Nintendo.
@JayJ Just don’t ask GameVice for advice
Should make iLife Technologies pay the 10 million,this will stop other patent free loading trolls trying the same things
The real root of the problem is the disastrous legal system that drags cases out for months and years of research and appeals, and court dates. In criminal justice they say one has a right to a fair and speedy trial. Speedy from the viewpoint of a glacier, perhaps.
**Wii litigation settled in 2020**
r/entitledpatents should be a thing
"Another one bites the dust"...
I'll see myself out.
Fools trying to get some nintendo pie. I hope them nintendo ninjas eff them hard
If you make this kind of argument and it turns out to be false, like this, you should have to pay the legal fees for the company you sued. You just wasted their time and money.
I fear for Alienwear and Concept UFO.
@Heavyarms55 I think that is coming.
Is Tim Langdell behind iLife
@BarefootBowser if Nintendo gave up, the patent trolls would have received millions of dollars in licensing fees as well as the trolls court costs. It likely would have opened up the path to the Switch's motion controls too.
However, by continuing & closing this case Nintendo have forced the trolls to pay for their court costs (likely millions) and prevented the trolls from using the case as a springboard into similar technology Nintendo has based on the Wiimote.. aka Joycon.
Oh and just about how much it actually costs to lose a case like this.. when Sony lost against Immersion for using their force feedback technology in the original Dualshock it cost Sony $140m.. Sony paid out $22 for using the force feedback just 2 years of working out an ongoing agreement.
I still do not understand why Nintendo has not made the Wii controller usable with the Switch.
The Wii controller's motion control detection is night and day better than that in the Switch Joycons.
I'm not saying do away with the Joycons as the main source of control for the Switch. All I am saying is that they should add the Wii controllers as an option for Switch developers to use.
There's no reason for Nintendo to not have a main line console machine that supports both full motion control and non-motion control game designs. They did a damn good job of creating motion control in the Wii. Just migrate that system to Switch by offering a usb-based sensor bar to connect to your Switch and sit on your TV (or TV stand), and add support to the Switch to interact with the Wii controllers.
There are companys that just make broad worded patents and sue for revenue. Back in the day there was a man who had a patent for the CAR as broad as that is. So anyone making a car for resale in the USA had to pay this crook to even sell it legaly. Took Ford to finally say hell no and fight it hard to get rid of it.
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