MANILA, Philippines – Nintendo won a patent infringement case in the United States against two of its gaming devices. The motion to dismiss was granted by a U.S. District Court in Texas on Monday, May 19, 2014.
The case was brought forward in February 2009 by Wall Wireless, LLC, a company whose primary business is enforcing patents. The company claimed that the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi handheld gaming consoles infringed on US patent 6,640,086 for an apparatus that allows you to create a message by singing into it, or by pressing buttons on the apparatus while background music is fed to it.
Both the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japanese Patent Office agree that Nintendo did not infringe Wall's patents in their respective countries.
“We are very pleased to see the U.S. case dismissed, and also to have the Japanese Patent Office confirm that Nintendo does not infringe Wall’s Japanese patents,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel.
“Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years to vindicate our position. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.” the report states.
This latest victory comes after a series of other patent infringement cases faced by the gaming company. Earlier this month a Dutch company sued the company, alleging that the Wii and Wii u motion controllers infringe on its patents. Last February it won another case that claimed that the 3DS and DSi infringed its patents. Last December a US District Court ordered Nintendo to pay royalties for infringing on a patent used it the camera of the 3DS. – Rappler.com