Nintendo Loses Lawsuit to Philips in U.K.

By on June 23, 2014


Nintendo has spent the last week battling a lawsuit in the U.K. that it has unfortunately lost when the court decided that the company is indeed infringing on two of Philips’ motion control patents.

According to the ruling by Judge Colin Birss, the Wii, Wii Remote, Wii Motion Plus controllers, Nunchuck, Balance Board, Wii U console and GamePad violate patents filed by Philips in the U.K.

However, Birss decided that Nintendo did not infringe on a third of the Dutch company’s patents, which involved modeling a body in a virtual environment.

Birss wrote in the decision at the U.K. High Court,

“The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing.”

Of course, Nintendo is not giving up. The company said they are planning to seek an appeal to the court’s ruling claiming that the patents are invalid.

There is currently another trial underway between the two companies. Philips has filed similar lawsuits in Germany, France, and The U.S. in June alleging that the Wii and Wii U hardware violated the same patents in these countries.

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