UK High Court Rules That Nintendo's Wii Violates Two Philips Patents

June 20, 2014 - James Fudge

The High Court of the United Kingdom has ruled that Nintendo's Wii console system infringes on two of Philips' patents, Bloomberg reports. Judge Colin Birss said Nintendo infringed two Philips patents in a ruling today related to the sensor and camera used in the Wii. The judge said that Nintendo did not violate a third patent related to modeling a body in a virtual environment.

"The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing," Birss wrote in the decision at the U.K. High Court.

Nintendo said it believes the two patents are invalid and that it will seek to appeal the decision:

"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others," the company said in a statement. "Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgment does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business."

Philips said that it has been trying to settle the patent issue with Nintendo since 2011.

"We believe Nintendo infringed the patents and have tried to settle since 2011, but as that hasn’t worked out we had to take this step," Bjorn Teuwsen, a spokesman for Philips, said. "This case relates to other cases in the U.S., Germany and France. It might help in those cases, but that’s up to the local authorities in those countries."

Philips is suing Nintendo in the United States and other countries over these same patents. The judge set a hearing for next month on how much in damages Nintendo would have to pay. More on this story as it becomes available...

Source: Bloomberg


 
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