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Loses Wii controller patent suit

20 Jun, 2014

Phillips wins a lawsuit against Nintendo for infringing on motion technology patents. Although a Dutch company, Phillips is suing in the U.S., Germany and France. Nine Nintendo products violate Phillips’ first patent, which include the Wii, Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Wii Mini and Wii MotionPlus technology. Two products violate a second patent, which include the Wii U and GamePad console.

Nintendo plans to appeal the decision and says the two patents for recognizing hand gestures and motion are invalid. A third patent violation pertaining to modeling a user in a virtual environment was in question, however Judge Colin Birss rules for Nintendo.