Nintendo Will Appeal Philips Patent Win

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo UK says that it will appeal a decision by a UK High Court judge who ruled last week that the Wii and Wii U violate several patents held by Philips. High Court judge Colin Birss said Nintendo infringed two Philips patents in a ruling last week related to the sensor and camera used in the Wii and Wii U. The judge said that Nintendo did not violate a third patent related to modeling a body in a virtual environment.

Nintendo issued the following statement on the matter:

"On 20 June 2014, following a trial heard before Mr. Justice Birss, the UK Patents Court found that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote infringe two patents (’498 and ’650) asserted against Nintendo by Philips Electronics," Nintendo began its statement. "The ’498 and ’650 patents were held to be invalid as originally granted, but Philips Electronics were permitted to make validating amendments during the course of the litigation."

"A further patent (’484) was asserted by Philips Electronics but was found to be invalid," the company continued. "Nintendo firmly believes that the amended ’498 and ’650 patents are invalid and intends to seek permission to appeal Mr. Justice Birss’ judgment. Philips Electronics has yet to make clear whether it intends to seek permission to appeal any part of the judgment."

The company went on to say that it is committed to making sure that this judgment does not affect its video games business and said that it "will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business."

"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others," the company concluded.

The judge overseeing the case said that damages would be set next month.

Source: Wii U Daily


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Re: Nintendo Will Appeal Philips Patent Win

I guess it's a classic case of follow the money, cause a company called Pixart makes the ASIC (PAC7010) the Wiimote uses to do motion tracking with the sensor bar. It's handles most of the motion tracking etc internally and sends the data out via UART.

Re: Nintendo Will Appeal Philips Patent Win

"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others,"

I swear they say that exact line, word for word, for every single time they go to court over a patent claim. Wonder if they are just copying and pasting it.

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