Nintendo: sued for patent infringement

Molson

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December 8, 2006 - In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo is already the target of litigious action concerning its newly released Wii console. California-based Interlink electronics has filed a complaint against Nintendo for what it has deemed to be a case of copyright infringement over the pointing functionalities of the Wiimote.

Gaming blog Kotaku has obtained a court filing, issued by the US District Court of Delaware, which accuses Nintendo of infringing on a patent filed previously by Interlink Electronics. The court filing claims that Interlink Electronics has suffered "loss of reasonable royalties, reduced sales and/or lost profits as a result of the infringing activities of" Nintendo.


The claim refers to a patent filed in February, 2005 which refers to a device titled "Trigger Operated Electronic Device." The patent describes the advice as a "trigger operated device in the nature of a pointing device for use with an electronic system such as a computer." The patent continues to describe a device which, on the surface, sounds an awful like the Wii's controller.

The complaint demands that Nintendo be enjoined and restrained from further infringing on the patent, presumably by taking the Wii off the market. Furthermore, the filing demands that the court order Nintendo to pay Interlink three times the assessed damages, including prejudgment interests and attorney fees. Additionally, the plaintiff is demanding a jury trial of any and all issues pertaining to the case.
you can find more about this by googling Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement

anyways... some of you might be saying oh no! well dont worry, every company that has sued nintendo in the past has been fucked over. so im sure the lawyers are currently in a bring-it-on mood. plus, i dont see how theres much of a case for this anyways. the two controllers are only similar, not the same.
 

B-MetalSucks

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you can find more about this by googling Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement

anyways... some of you might be saying oh no! well dont worry, every company that has sued nintendo in the past has been fucked over. so im sure the lawyers are currently in a bring-it-on mood. plus, i dont see how theres much of a case for this anyways. the two controllers are only similar, not the same.
Not to mention that Nintendo could easily settle out of court. People forget how much loot they rake in in all their ventures combined.
 
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"The patent describes the device as a "trigger operated device in the nature of a pointing device for use with an electronic system such as a computer."

Nintendo didn't patent the Duck Hunt gun?
 

Slug Moses

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Nintendo owes me money too, those bastards. I came up with the idea for a game where you go around and find stuff and kill monsters.

Sound like anything you've ever played? Exactly. I plan on taking this to the supreme court.
 
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Nintendo owes me money too, those bastards. I came up with the idea for a game where you go around and find stuff and kill monsters.
What the fuck dude I came up with that shit back in like 1957. I had an idea for a game where you have to complete objectives in order to advance and ultimately be victorious. The object of the game was to accomplish tasks. Look it up if you don't believe me.
 

Junkman

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Well, I guess every single arcade shooter ever is absolutely fucked :confused:leeping2 .
It's obvious they're just out for the cash. This will never go through.
 

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This is probably what stop Companies performing Original Concepts/Designs and Producing said Material. No matter what happens there will always be a Lawsuit because of fucking idiots, if they're honestly that desperate for a quick buck...Make a decent fucking Product of your own.