Court Upholds Nintendo’s Victory In Wii Remote Patent Dispute

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Nintendo of America has shared that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a decision made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, relating to the invalidation of a patent that Motion Games had asserted against the company.

Motion Games hold a manufacturing patent that describes cameras and systems that track assembly-line components, which they asserted the Wii Remote infringed upon.

Nintendo say that they “overcame numerous needlessly burdensome discovery demands” that they had been posed with, which had included “improper demands to interrogate top-level executives.”

The news means that there are no valid patent claims that remain in a companion litigation, which was pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

“We are very pleased with the court’s confirmation that Motion Games’ patent is invalid and never should have been granted,” comments Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s director of litigation and compliance.

“Litigation tactics cannot save an invalid patent, and such attempts only underscore the need for patent reform that reduces unnecessary burdens on defendants. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products, and will continue to vigorously defend those products from patent lawsuits.”

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