Philips Sue Nintendo Over Motion Control Patent

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Struggling Japanese games Company Nintendo has been hit with a claim from Philips that they are using aspects of Philips’ motion control IP across their entire range of Wii devices, including the Wii console, Wii Remotes, the Wii U console and gamepad, and the Wii Mini.

Philips claim this is a breach of their motion patent. 

Filed in Delaware on May 14th, Eurogamer reports the lawsuit pertains to two patents. The first, patent 6,285,379, is a “virtual body control device,” such as allowing an on-screen character to move in relation to a physical object’s motion. The second, patent 8,537,231, is titled “User interface system based on pointing device,” and directly relates to the Wii Remote’s ability to target points of a screen, such as with the Wii’s home menu. 

Electronista  said that Philips, side from requesting a sales injunction, the suit requests compensation for infringing both patents, a tripling of the damages, and pre- and post-judgement interest on its damages. Philips is also requesting a trial by jury. 

The lawsuit was filed just a week after Nintendo released its 2013 year-end report that revealed that the Company reported losses of $457 million after sales of the Wii U and 3DS hardware slumped.

 Only 2.72 million Wii U consoles were sold in the year, far below the company’s initial 9 million estimate at the start of the fiscal year.
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