Nintendo is a company known for their innovation, but unfortunately that trait can get them in trouble with patent-holders, some of whom accuse the Big N of infringement and take them to court. Nintendo is always adamant in their wishes to not settle these sorts of lawsuits and instead to defend their ideas as completely original, and it looks like it’s paid off in a recent court case. UltimatePointer, LLC claimed the Wii console had infringed on some of their patents and sued them, but the Seattle Federal court has elected to side with Nintendo.
Not only that, but UltimatePointer will be required to cover some of Nintendo’s attorney fees. The courts found that the plaintiff had engaged in “bad faith, vexatious, [and] wanton” conduct in filing these lawsuits, as they had not adequately investigated the products they were accusing. In fact, it seems that some of the infringing technologies they claimed the Wii was using did not even exist in the console.
Nintendo has issued the below statement in response to this ruling, expressing their pleasure with these decisions:
“We are very happy with this result. This case again demonstrates that Nintendo will vigorously defend itself and its innovations against patent lawsuits. It also demonstrates that, when justified, Nintendo will pursue all available options to recover attorney fees for improper litigation conduct. Nintendo continues to support reform efforts to reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden patent cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.” — Ajay Singh, Director of Litigation and Compliance at Nintendo of America
Source: Nintendo Everything