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December 9th, 2006, 11:56
Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement
The Wiimote may not be as unique as we thought.
by Micah Seff

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.

Source (http://wii.ign.com/articles/750/750001p1.html)

Court File (http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2006/12/InterlinkvNintendo.pdf)

now lets all hope nintendo can still use them! :S

December 10th, 2006, 03:00
..WTF :mad: .. And this isn't in the news forums???! :confused:

December 10th, 2006, 09:25
THEY CANT SUE NINTENDO FOR THAT. SONY ALREADY CLOSED DOWN MY FAV COMPANY (www.lik-sang.com (http://www.lik-sang.com)) >:-(

December 10th, 2006, 10:20
..WTF :mad: .. And this isn't in the news forums???! :confused:

It was in the news two days ago... these have already sued Microsoft and Sony, Microsoft settled and Sony lost...


December 10th, 2006, 13:38
..WTF :mad: .. And this isn't in the news forums???! :confused:
i posted it there but it got moved =/

December 10th, 2006, 16:22
Heh mabye now they will sue Sony for SIAXIS!

The Hombrew Hunter
December 10th, 2006, 16:36
I'm sure Nintendo will survive, sort of like Microsoft.

They're not stupid.

December 10th, 2006, 17:46
ok, so this interlink productions must be retarted. it clearly states in the patent that their "trigger operated electroic device" is for a COMPUTER, not a wii! how could the release of the wiimote cause "loss of reasonable royalties, reduced sales and/or lost profits as a result of the infringing activities of" nintendo? heck! their product is for the use of a computer! and the wiimote is for the use of a wii! how could a product this product that doesnt even work for a computer hurt their sales of a computer product?! its completely outragious!

December 10th, 2006, 19:10
hmm... the lightgun for NES is a "trigger operated electroic device". And that was way before 2005 and nintendo has it patiented.

So no worrys there.

December 10th, 2006, 19:11
oh god, why nintendo?!?!?!?!?!
any way to give evidence and prove that nintendo is not using there technology?

December 10th, 2006, 19:12
lightgun for NES is a "trigger operated electroic device"

December 10th, 2006, 19:18
That has to be the most retarded thing ever. How can someone copyright a type of button? Nintendo will win. And Shigeru Miyamoto will beat the crap out of the workers of interlink with a Wii-mote.