Nintendo Scores Victory In Mii Character Patent Case


Nintendo has announced that they have scored another legal victory in a patent case filed at Seattle federal court against their Mii characters.

Judge Richard Jones ruled that RecogniCorp LLC’s claim that Mii characters infringed on U.S. Patent No. 8,005,303 was invalid. Their patent relates to ways of storing police sketch-artist data, with the patent-assertion company filing their case in 2011.

Mii characters were introduced on Wii and have since been used on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with Judge Jones stating that RecogniCorp’s patent was an unlawful attempt to monopolise mathematical operations.

“We are very pleased with Judge Jones’ decision, which finally put an end to RecogniCorp’s attempt to cover inventions to which it has no rights,” comments Nintendo of America’s director of litigation and compliance Ajay Singh. “Nintendo will continue to protect its products and innovations against accusations of patent infringement.”

Alex Seedhouse
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