Nintendo is no stranger to lawsuits with its numerous devices, with the last having occurred over the glasses-less 3D technology used on the Nintendo 3DS screen. Nintendo was found guilty of patent infringement for that particular case, but a new case of patent infringement claims have arisen against the Wii U.
A company called Secure Axcess LLC is suing Nintendo of America and its distribution partners, including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, and Amaozn for “unlawfully” distributing the Wii U with its patent infringing technology. According to the lawsuit, the Wii U infringes on a patent for “multi-screen personal computer display method and apparatus.” The case has been filed in Texas and the company is seeking compensatory damages and costs.
While this sounds like another case of patent trolling, since I’m not a lawyer it’s hard to say. Here’s the full declaration released:
Secure Axcess LLC v Nintendo of America Inc. et al Case No. 2:14-cv-00284
Plaintiff Secure Axcess is a Texas limited liability company with an office located in Plano.
The defendants in the suit are Nintendo of America Inc., Nintendo Co. Ltd., Micro Electronics Inc., Hastings Entertainment Inc., Game Stop Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC, Best Buy Stores LP, Bestbuy.com LLC, K Mart Corp., Target Corp., Toys “R” Us-Delaware Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
The defendants are accused of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,522,309 issued Feb. 18, 2003, for a Multiscreen Personal Computer Display Method and Apparatus. The alleged infringement occurs by the defendants selling Nintendo’s Wii U Console System without license or authorization.
The plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief. A jury trial is demanded.
The plaintiff is represented by James E. Davis of Ferguson Braswell & Fraser PC in Plano, Kelly Kubasta of Klemchuck Kubasta LLP in Dallas and Carl R. Roth of the Roth Law Firm in Marshall.
The case has been assigned to Judge Rodney Gilstrap.
Thanks for the tip, jjbredesen!