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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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