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Yet Another Nintendo Controller Patent Case Dismissed


The 2010 patent lawsuit brought by Triton Technologies against Nintendo has been thrown out of court on Friday.

The suit claimed that Nintendo’s Wii Remote infringed on one of Triton’s patents. Triton’s patent, filed in 1993, describes “a mouse which senses six degrees of motion arising from movement of the mouse within three dimensions.” While this seems to match up perfectly with the application of the Wii Remote, Seattle district court judge Richard A. Jones dismissed the lawsuit, stating that the patent was invalid since it did not adequately describe a complete invention.

Nintendo was obviously pleased with the decision, with Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel making the following statement:

“We are very pleased with this result. Nintendo has a long tradition of developing unique and innovative products, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. Nintendo continues to aggressively defend itself against patent trolls. After many years of litigation, the decision today reflects an appropriate resolution of this case.”

Nintendo has fought off multiple patent suits since the success of the Wii, with only one case resulting in Nintendo having to pay. Longtime Sony inventor Seijiro Tomita sued the game maker in 2011 for illegal use of his glasses-free 3D technology in the 3DS. Tomita eventually won the case, earning $30.2 million in compensatory damages.

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