The manufacturers of an electronic pointing wand are suing Nintendo over its Wii Remote design, arguing that the Wii Remote infringes on the Trademark Office’s rejection of certain elements in previous Nintendo-filed patents.
ThinkOptical, makers of the Wavit Remote, currently hold a patent
entitled 'Electronic equipment for handheld vision based absolute pointing system.'
In the complaint filed by ThinkOptical, and as reported by TechCrunch, the company noted
, "The Nintendo defendants knew or should have known of the objective risk that one or more of their products infringed at least one claim of at least the ’116 Patent."
ThinkOptical has also pointed out two of its other patents in the case -- one named
'Handheld Device for Handheld Vision Based Absolute Pointing System', and another titled
'Handheld Vision Based Absolute Pointing System.'
The company argues that not only does the Wii Remote infringe on its patents, but also the Wii sensor bar and the console itself. It also says that the upcoming Wii U console is in infringement.
A number of other companies are also included in the suit, including Nyko Technologies, GameStop, RadioShack, and JC Penney. Gamasutra has contacted Nintendo for comment.