In 2009, Wall Wireless filed a patent suit in Texas against Nintendo, stating that the company violated several patents in its Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi product. The legal battle against Wall Wireless has continued on for five years, but Nintendo claimed victory today as the United States Patent and Trademark Office finally cancelled all patent claims by Wall Wireless. The case was officially dismissed in a U.S. District court in Texas yesterday.
This dismissal of patents also coincides with the decision made by the Japanese patent office, which found that Nintendo did not violate any of the patents claimed by Wall Wireless. Nintendo of America’s vice president Richard Medway was particularly pleased with the decision, stating that the company will fight any claims of patent infringement, no matter how long they may take.
We are very pleased to see the U.S. case dismissed, and also to have the Japanese Patent Office confirm that Nintendo does not infringe Wall’s Japanese patents. Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years to vindicate our position. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.
Despite this win for Nintendo and the lawsuit dating back to 2009, Dutch electronics firm Philips has filed a new suit against Nintendo, claiming the technology in the Wii U violates patents held by the company. Philips has moved to have the Wii U banned from sale in the United States until the case can be closed.
[via Nintendo Life]