Nintendo, never a stranger to lawsuits since their entry into the business world, has successfully leaped over a legal battle with Impulse Technologies ltd. Nintendo was accused of infringing on patents with their Wii Remote and Wii Fit balance board products that Impulse Technologies stated they came up with first. The propriety technology behind these products all utilize motion controls that send signals to a unit attached separately from the console. Patent lawsuits are not uncommon in the tech world, such as the recent Apple vs Samsung battle, but courtroom officials all over the world must always walk the not so easy line of deciding if a new product is utilizing another company’s owned technology, or is it just living up to a new industry standard? Nintendo came out the clear winner on this one however and had this statement to issue:
Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel, Richard Medway had this to say about this matter, “We are very pleased with the court’s ruling, which forced Impulse to walk away from this lawsuit. Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent. We will continue our tradition of developing unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”
With a new product coming soon to the market, you’ve probably heard of the Nintendo Wii U right?, I’m glad Nintendo can get over this obstacle and focus on sales this holiday season.