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Nintendo loses motion control lawsuit to Philips
Nintendo loses motion control lawsuit to Philips
June 20, 2014 | By Mike Rose

June 20, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Dutch electronics giant Philips has won a patent infringement case against Nintendo, with patents related to the Japanese manufacturer's Wii technology.

Philips had been trying to come to a licensing agreement with Nintendo back in 2011 over the motion tracking tech, stating that Nintendo had infringed on its own motion and gesture tracking system with its Wii console line.

But when Nintendo allegedly wouldn't play ball, Philips filed legal action against the company in various countries, including the U.S. last month.

Now Philips says that one of the four lawsuits that it filed in different regions of the world -- the lawsuit filed in the UK -- has been decided in Philips' favor.

"It's about a patent for motion, gesture and pointing control that we make available to manufacturers of set-top boxes and games consoles through a licensing programme," Philips spokesperson Bjorn Teuwsen told Reuters.

There has not yet been word on how this will affect Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles, nor did Philips give much indication of what sort of compensation they are looking for.

"We've requested fair compensation for the use of our patents," Teuwsen said.


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Michael Dougherty
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Something does not seem right with this ruling.

First of all, it appears the patents on which the case is based were not approved in final form until 2011 (which would explain why Philips did not start seeking a license before that time.

Second, the judge said that Sony's controller did not track motion but general descriptions of the Move talk about it having sensors.

My guess is that this gets appealed -- quickly.

E Zachary Knight
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The approval date is not the date the patent is valid from. That is usually the priority date. So an earlier priority date would put it before the Wii's release.


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