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Nintendo Wins Appeal in Motiva Suit Over Motion Control

posted on 2013-05-14 23:39 EDT

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of the defendant Nintendo in the lawsuit filed by Ohio-based company Motiva. Motiva alleges that Nintendo's Wiimote infringes on the company's patent for the "Human Movement Measurement System."

Circuit Judge Sharon Prost found Motiva's motive to be financial gain against Nintendo. "There is simply no reasonable likelihood that, after successful litigation against Nintendo, Motiva's patented technology would have been licensed by partners who would have incorporated it," Judge Prost wrote.

Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel Richard Medway was pleased with the decision, stating "We vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent."

The U.S. International Trade Commission previously found in favor of Nintendo in January 2012. Motiva's lawyer stated the company will be taking the case to district court.

Nintendo lost a separate patent lawsuit in March, where U.S. Federal Court found in favor of former Sony Corporation employee and inventor Seijiro Tomita on his patent for 3D technology. Nintendo was ordered to pay US$30.2 million.

Source: Reuters via Joystiq


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