Nintendo Dispute Finally Comes to an End

Although it began back in February 2009, the patent-enforcing Wall Wireless LLC’s case against Nintendo—which claimed Nintendo had infringed a patent with their creation of the DS and DSi hardware—has finally been resolved. And by dismissal!

The United States Patent and Trademark Office dismissed the case in a US District Court in Texas yesterday, which follows the decision made earlier by the Japanese Patent Office. The VP of Nintendo of America (and deputy general counsel) released a statement after the decision, commenting on the results:

“We are very pleased to see the U.S. case dismissed, and also to have the Japanese Patent Office confirm that Nintendo does not infringe Wall’s Japanese patents. Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years to vindicate our position. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”

Patent disputes are common for Nintendo, of course, with the Kyoto company succeeding in the majority of reported cases, though its defeat to Tomita Technologies was a relatively rare and expensive loss. No doubt Nintendo’s legal team will remain busy, with Dutch technology giant Philips recently opening proceedings.

Anyone familiar with the goings-on at Nintendo knows that the company is no stranger to patent disputes, and while it’s rare to see a case that isn’t dismissed or won, they were defeated in the Tomita Technologies case. However, this didn’t appear to set a precedent, judging by this recent dismissal.


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