Impulse Technology, a company that develops interactive exercise equipment, has decided it would be in its best interest to drop a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Nintendo. In its lawsuit, Impulse Technology alleged that Nintendo's Wii console, Wii Remote controller, Wii Balance Board accessory and Wii Fit Plus software infringed on one of Impulse's patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,524,637). Nintendo claims that they dumped the lawsuit after an unfavorable ruling by Judge James Gwin of the U.S. District Court in Cleveland that undermined the core argument of Impulse's case.
"We are very pleased with the court's ruling, which forced Impulse to walk away from this lawsuit," said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel in a statement issued on Monday. "Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent. We will continue our tradition of developing unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."