The Federal Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has upheld a 2012 decision
ruling that Nintendo's Wii balance board does not infringe on a patent held by IA Labs.
The patent in question (U.S. Patent No. 7,121,982
) describes an "isometric exercise system" computer peripheral. It is among several patents IA Labs brought to court claiming infringement by Nintendo -- all were rejected.
The same hearing also upheld the lower court's mandate that IA Labs must pay Nintendo's attorneys' fees, totaling more than $236,000.
"We are very pleased with the court's decision," Richard Medway, Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel, said in a statement. Medway said that Nintendo "vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent."