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Nintendo: 'We refuse to succumb to patent trolls'
Nintendo: 'We refuse to succumb to patent trolls'
March 2, 2012 | By Mike Rose

March 2, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo hit back at "patent trolls" today, after a patent infringement lawsuit from a fitness company was dismissed by a Maryland U.S. District Court judge.

IA Labs, also known as Powergrid Fitness, sued Nintendo's Japan headquarters and Nintendo of America in 2010, accusing Nintendo of infringing on two separate IA Labs patents through technology used in the Nintendo Wii, Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, the Wii Balance Board, Wii Remote, Wii Wheel, Wii MotionPlus, Wii Nunchuck and Wii Zapper.

A judge has now ruled that there is no need for a jury trial in the case, and dismissed the allegations. This is the third consecutive time this year that Nintendo has prevailed in a patent litigation case.

Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Legal & General Counsel, took the opportunity to shoot a warning at other companies looking to file this sort of patent infringement case against the company.

"Nintendo has a passionate tradition of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others," he explained. "We vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent."

"We refuse to succumb to patent trolls," he added.

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Mike Rentas
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Nice to read something about patent trolls that doesn't make me want to punch the screen. This is the way to do it.

Dan Felder
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Chuck Noble
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All I want for Christmas is software patent reform.

Joe Zachery
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If you think someone stole something from you. Try to sue as soon as the product is available. Don't wait years later after the money has been made. To finally say oh you took my idea now give me what you earned.

Jason Lee
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The human ability to be completely unscrupulous and irrational amazes me sometimes.

John Tessin
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Jason, this is life's meta game. In the greed storm that is blowing over the world right now there are an amazing number of ways people are exploiting the rules. The same creativity that gamers show in uncovering exploits is not turned off. The wall street "melt down" was an exploit to maximize profits making bad paper appear good. SCOTUS probably just gave the exploiters the greatest tool they could ever want when they ruled a corporation was a person in the eyes of the law. A person that can "do the dirt work" for the exploiters to hide behind. It will only get worse. Hey look, it's an election year. Vote for BENDER!