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Nintendo Sued By UltimatePointer Over Wii Remote Design
Nintendo Sued By UltimatePointer Over Wii Remote Design
September 27, 2011 | By Mike Rose

September 27, 2011 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Technology company UltimatePointer, owner of the Upoint laser-pointer presentation remote, has sued Nintendo and various retail outlets for the sale of the Nintendo Wii Remote.

In a court filing [PDF], UltimatePointer explains that it owns the rights to a patent for an invention entitled "Easily Deployable Interactive Direct-Pointing System and Presentation Control System and Calibration Method."

The company argues that Nintendo Japan and Nintendo America have "directly infringed the patent with the unauthorized selling of its Wii remote hardware."

It also states that various retailers, including GameStop, Best Buy and Sears, have infringed the patent by offering the Wii Remote for sale.

UltimatePointer is looking to receive damages due to the alleged infringement, along with costs of court and an award of reasonable attorney fees.

Currently, UltimatePointer is not selling the Upoint, as the website claims the product is currently undergoing a "rigorous testing scheme."

Earlier this month, a similar case reared its head, as Wavit Remote manufacturer ThinkOptical revealed it was suing Nintendo over the Wii Remote design.

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Ryan Sizemore
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Someone really needs to create new laws on patents because this is getting ridiculous. Everyone is getting sue happy these days over patents, and it's everyday I hear something new. People are being greedy and want their piece of the Wii's Success, or the iPhone's success, or something else. It needs to stop.

Alan Rimkeit
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And this UPoint has what to do with video games?

"It also states that various retailers, including GameStop, Best Buy and Sears, have infringed the patent by offering the Wii Remote for sale."

So, patent trolls are going after the retailers as well now. Anything for cash right? Who needs morals when one is filthy rich?

I also bet that the "product" will never see the light of day in the open market. On top of that I wonder when it was invented. Does Nintendo have prior art on their side?

Hakim Boukellif
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Although there's no way of knowing when it was invented, the patent was filed on May 24, 2005.

E Zachary Knight
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That is very conveniently close to the public showing of the Wii and the Wii Remote.

Alan Rimkeit
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Thanks Hakim. That is very interesting.

Yes, that is very conveniently close to the unveiling of the Wii. Patent trolls suck.

William Anderson
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And the first question would be, "Why did you wait so long to file this?". As for going after GameStop, Best Buy and Sears, good luck with that budy! If every store had to go out and check the patent and trademarks on what they sell they would never sell anything!

Luis Guimaraes
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Anyone know if Apple has a patent on that iPod Classic menu layout? Would be nice to see, Apple suing a bankrupt company (if not, then why else would they do such a desperate and ridiculous move like this?).

Somebody has to patent lolsuits and stop this comedy show. The jokes are not funny anymore.