Household Appliance Manufacturer Sues Nintendo

Manufacturer of household appliances, Philips, is suing Nintendo over copyright infringement, the case includes the Wii and Wii U and the different motion peripherals that goes with them, here is a quote from the court document:

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Philips is a world-renowned company that has expended enormous efforts in recent decades to achieve advancements in research and development in various technological fields. Philips has engaged in the field of applied electronics and has conducted research in areas relating to visual representation of spatial processes and to automatic processes. The present patents-in-suit stem from these fields of research and development and claims protection for an interactive system for which a user can remotely control devices in an intuitive manner. Such intuitive remote control mechanisms are used in present-day home video game consoles.

Nintendo has made, used, sold, offered for sale, and imported within the United States products with interactive virtual modeling features, including but not limited to motion-controlled gaming consoles and motion-detecting devices. These products are hereinafter referred to in this Complaint as “interactive virtual modeling products.”

Nintendo has made, used, sold, offered for sale, and imported motion-controlled gaming consoles and motion-detecting devices including the Wii console, Wii Remote Plus Controller, Wii Remote Controller, Wii Nunchuk Controller, Wii MotionPlus, Wii Balance Board, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, and Wii Mini console.

Upon information and belief, Nintendo has made, used, sold, offered for sale, and imported interactive virtual modeling hardware and software products within the United States that model a user’s body in a virtual environment by animating a virtual body to follow the physical movements of the user.

The interactive virtual modeling products or services of Nintendo have been made, used, sold, offered for sale, and imported within the United States without any authority or license from Philips.

To read the full court document, click here.

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