US Appeals court upholds Nintendo victory in patent battle

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Nintendo remain victorious after the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a recent patent-infringement verdict that found them innocent of all charges.

IA Labs’ patent, for interconnecting an exercise system to a computer for use as a peripheral, had been claimed to have been infringed upon by the Wii Fit Balance Board, although it was ordered that the company must pay Nintendo more than $236,000 in attorneys’ fees.

“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” comments Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel Richard Medway. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.

“We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent.”

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