Nintendo Wins Patent Battle Over MotionPlus

We’ve done our fair share of reporting some of the legal battles Nintendo has run into over the years, mostly concerning the technology they’ve used for their 3DS and features of the Wii. They had a significant loss when it came to the battle over 3D tech for the 3DS screen, but the majority of cases end up in Nintendo’s favour.

The company has now had another success from a patent challenge, this time for the Wii MotionPlus controller accessory. Triton Tech believed that the accessory violated its patent on “a computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information.” The complaint was filed in 2010 in Texas, but Nintendo won a request to transfer the case to Seattle as the location is much closer to its HQ in Redmond.

And once again working in Nintendo’s favor, the judge who oversaw the case dismissed it from court. Triton could possibly appeal the judge’s decision, but that remains to be seen.

Nintendo deputy general counsel Richard Medway released a statement concerning the case, saying that “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the Triton lawsuit, when we believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent. Consumers respect Nintendo because we develop unique and innovative products and because we respect the intellectual property rights of others.”


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