Nintendo’s Win Confirmed in Patent Case against Mii Characters

Police Sketch Patent Ruled Unpatentable

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On April 28, a federal appeals court confirmed that the patent asserted against Nintendo by RecogniCorp should never have been granted. The court’s order resolves a patent infringement lawsuit originally filed against Nintendo in 2011, in which RecogniCorp, LLC claimed that Nintendo’s Mii characters employed the same techniques described in the patent for making police sketches of suspects. read more

Win in Patent Case against Nintendo 3DS Confirmed on Appeal

Nintendo Does Not Infringe Tomita Technologies’ Patent

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On March 17, a United States Appeals Court confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS system does not use technology covered in a patent asserted by Tomita Technologies USA, Inc. and Tomita Technologies International, Inc. The Court specifically confirmed that Nintendo 3DS includes technology that is significantly different from the patented technology. read more

Nintendo Wins Groundbreaking Copyright Case against Seller of Circumvention Devices

Canadian Court Awards Nintendo $12.76 Million in Damages in Precedent-Setting Case

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A Canadian federal court ruled in favor of Nintendo of America Inc. in its case against Jeramie King and his affiliated business, Go Cyber Shopping Ltd. The case confirms that the distribution of circumvention devices – “flashcarts,” “modchips” and “game copiers” such as Sky3DS, Gateway 3DS and similar devices – is illegal. In a strong rebuke to the defendant’s activities, the court awarded Nintendo $12.76 million (CAD) against Go Cyber Shopping Ltd., including $1 million in punitive damages. The case is the first of its kind to test the Canadian Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention law and resulted in a resounding win for Nintendo. read more

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. read more

Nintendo 3DS Found Not to Infringe 3D Technology Patent on Retrial

Judge’s Decision Follows Nintendo’s Successful Appeal<

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On Sunday, April 24, 2016, federal Judge Jed Rakoff in New York ruled that the Nintendo 3DS does not infringe a patent on 3D display technology originally asserted against Nintendo by plaintiffs Tomita Technologies USA, Inc. and Tomita Technologies International, Inc. in 2011. Judge Rakoff’s ruling follows Nintendo’s successful appeal of an earlier verdict, and is the result of a 2015 re-trial. This decision fully reverses and corrects a 2013 verdict against Nintendo. Specifically, Judge Rakoff found that the Nintendo 3DS performs in a significantly different way and does more than was contemplated by the Tomita patent. read more

Nintendo’s Win in Patent Case Against Wii Confirmed

Plaintiff Must Pay Fees

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On March 1, 2016, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found that Nintendo’s Wii console does not infringe patents asserted by UltimatePointer, LLC. This decision confirms Nintendo’s win in a Seattle Federal court, where UltimatePointer claimed that the Wii infringed patent numbers 8,049,729 and 7,746,321.

The Appeals Court also confirmed the Seattle Court’s ruling that UltimatePointer was required to pay some of Nintendo’s attorney fees. UltimatePointer was found to have engaged in “bad faith, vexatious, [and] wanton” conduct when deciding to accuse products it had not investigated and that, in some cases, did not exist. read more

Nintendo Prevails in Patent Case against Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Federal Court Victory Follows International Trade Commission Win

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On Nov. 13, 2015, Nintendo won a patent case in California federal court. This victory marks the second time Nintendo has prevailed against Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation, all of which are patent-licensing companies.

In July 2012, plaintiffs sued Nintendo both in California federal court and in the International Trade Commission. In February 2014, the ITC held that Nintendo did not infringe the asserted patent. The plaintiffs chose not to appeal that decision, but insisted on continuing to litigate the same patent and many of the exact same issues before the California federal court. Nintendo has now won that case as well, with the court holding that Nintendo’s systems, including Wii U and Nintendo 3DS do not infringe the asserted patent. read more

Nintendo Wins Patent Case Filed Against Nintendo 3DS and Other Hand-Held Systems

Nintendo Continues to Defend its Innovations Against Patent Lawsuits

 REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On July 17, 2015, Nintendo won a patent case in federal court in Oakland, California. Judge Saundra Armstrong found that eight of Nintendo’s popular hand-held systems, including the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance systems, do not infringe a patent asserted against those products by Quintal Research Group, Inc. Judge Armstrong therefore dismissed the case. Quintal is a patent-assertion company run by the named inventor of the asserted patent, who is also a patent lawyer.

“We are very pleased to have this case dismissed,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “The result in this case continues to prove that Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits and will not pay to settle cases simply to avoid litigation. Nintendo continues to support patent reform efforts that reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.” read more

Nintendo Wins Patent Case Filed Against Nintendo 3DS and Other Hand-Held Systems

Nintendo Continues to Defend its Innovations Against Patent Lawsuits

REDMOND, Wash., July 21, 2015 – On July 17, 2015, Nintendo won a patent case in federal court in Oakland, California. Judge Saundra Armstrong found that eight of Nintendo’s popular hand-held systems, including the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance systems, do not infringe a patent asserted against those products by Quintal Research Group, Inc. Judge Armstrong therefore dismissed the case. Quintal is a patent-assertion company run by the named inventor of the asserted patent, who is also a patent lawyer.“We are very pleased to have this case dismissed,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “The result in this case continues to prove that Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits and will not pay to settle cases simply to avoid litigation. Nintendo continues to support patent reform efforts that reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”

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 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 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. read more