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Nintendo And Microsoft Prevail in Controller Patent Lawsuit

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 7:56 p.m. PDT

U.S. District Court judge Leonard Davis has dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nintendo (and similarly against Microsoft) brought by Fenner Investments, which alleged that the Wii and its controllers, as well as the GameCube, infringed on one of its patents.

A U.S. District Court judge has summarily dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nintendo brought by Fenner Investments Ltd. Fenner had alleged that the Wii™ console and its controllers, as well as the Nintendo GameCube™, infringed on one of its patents (U.S. Patent No. 6,297,751). Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas, dismissed the case on Monday, and ruled that there was no need for a jury trial.

“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President, Legal & General Counsel. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent, despite the risks that this policy entails. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of our legal team, which represented us so well.”

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