Court Upholds Invalidation of Patent Asserted against Nintendo’s Wii Console

Court Upholds Invalidation of Patent Asserted against Nintendo's Wii Console

Ruling Also Affects Companion Litigation in Eastern District of Texas

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate a patent on manufacturing technology asserted against Nintendo in 2012 by Motion Games, LLC. The court’s order also means there are no valid patent claims remaining in a companion litigation pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

Motion Games’ patent described cameras and systems that track assembly-line components, such as car parts. Motion Games asserted that the Wii Remote infringed that manufacturing patent. During the litigation, Nintendo successfully overcame numerous needlessly burdensome discovery demands from Motion Games, including improper demands to interrogate top-level executives.

“We are very pleased with the court’s confirmation that Motion Games’ patent is invalid and never should have been granted,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance. “Litigation tactics cannot save an invalid patent, and such attempts only underscore the need for patent reform that reduces unnecessary burdens on defendants. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products, and will continue to vigorously defend those products from patent lawsuits.”

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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