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Electronics giant Philips is suing Nintendo over Wii technology
Electronics giant Philips is suing Nintendo over Wii technology
May 15, 2014 | By Mike Rose

May 15, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Dutch technology giant Philips has filed a patent suit against Nintendo, claiming that the Japanese video game company has infringed on its patents with the Nintendo Wii and the Wii U.

In a complaint filed through the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Philips alleges that Nintendo has infringed on two of its patents -- one related to "interactive virtual modelling products" and another about "human-computer interaction features."

Philips says that it sent Nintendo a letter back in 2011 stating that the company was infringing on Philip's "Virtual Body Control Device" patent. Following this, Philips claims that Nintendo infringed on its patents "with specific intent or willful blindness."

As for Philip's other patent, titled "User Interface System Based on Pointing Device," the company has not sent a letter to Nintendo about this patent before, and instead suggests that "Nintendo has had actual knowledge of the 231 patent no later than the filing date of this Complaint."

The Wii Remote Plus Controller, and the Wii, Wii U and Wii Mini consoles themselves, all infringe Philip's patents, the company claims.

Philips is looking for compensation from Nintendo, including damages, costs, expenses, and "other relief as this Court may deem just and proper."


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Aiden Eades
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Nintendo really can't catch a break lately.

E Zachary Knight
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Nintendo is a successful company. Successful companies are ripe for the picking when it comes to patent trolls.

Ricardo Hernandez
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Not saying Phillips is right but Phillips is not known to be a patent troll

Jeferson Soler
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@ Ricardo Hernandez - Which is why it is rather odd for Philips to be doing this! What Philips is doing now is a patent troll move.

A W
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With the stated information in that Patent, could not Philips sue all of the major hardware game manufactures?

Also does anyone believe that this is why there was a sudden announcement that the Xbox One would be sold kinect-less in June?

I mean I don't expect the suit to hold given its vagueness of interpretation, but it seems to me that a patent was created by this company to stop the creation of some particular products to a free market,

Ricardo Hernandez
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That doesn't make much sense. Taking out kinect is about lowering the price to compete vs ps4.

Keep in mind Microsoft will still sell an Xbox one with kinect.

A W
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I suspect they will sell their existing stock of Xbox One with Kinect because that would be too expensive to pull off of the market, but after that shipment is done they will only sell the Kinectless one. Are they still going to sell the Kinnect brand separately as an additional Xbox One only device?

This patent just made me think that way given the time the news became apparent on both scenarios. I was just thinking out loud about it.

E Zachary Knight
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AW,

Microsoft has announced that stand alone Kinects will be available this fall. So I doubt this patent has anything to do with the move.

Jeferson Soler
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@ E Zachary Knight - I may be wrong about this, but I think that AW was just thinking about a theory on another reason why Microsoft decided to sell Xbox One without Kinect 2.0. It is true that Microsoft's move was more about the pressure of losing to Sony, but still, AW's theory does indirectly bring an interesting point about coincidences. In case of Philips suing Nintendo, I feel that it is more of an issue of Philips being a patent troll and the company could go after Sony and Microsoft if the company wants to do so as the patents do sound more like the technology that come from Sony and Microsoft than from Nintendo. However, due to the timing of the lawsuit being too coincidental and the nature of what Philips wants to get out of the lawsuit being rather odd, there are people that are suspicious about all of this. Seriously! I went through the Internet for curiosity check on the reactions to the news, and with the exception of some Nintendo haters as well as the ones that seem to try to protect Philips, a lot of people (including some non-Nintendo fans) are not happy with Philips suing Nintendo and there are some people that are even coming up with conspiracy theories about the whole thing. Coincidences can sometimes lead to suspicions, so curiosities and theories pop up as a result. By the way, some people also went through the memory lane and talked about CD-i and the CD-i games that were done with Nintendo's IP characters (namely, the Mario characters and the Zelda characters). Based on their comments, it doesn't sound like that they were happy memories.

Jonathan Murphy
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I said it once and I'll say it again. Put in anti patent troll laws. This crap needs to end. It's stifling business here. Soon entire companies may choose to avoid the USA entirely. Nintendo is eying China. I wonder why?


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