Appeals court overturns ruling against Nintendo in patent case

Shane McGlaun - Apr 14, 2010, 5:14 am CDT
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Appeals court overturns ruling against Nintendo in patent case

Nintendo was sued by a company called Anascape Ltd way back in 2008. Anascape alleged that Nintendo controllers for the Game Cube and the Wii infringed on its patent. The case was originally heard in an East Texas court and this case was one of the early cases that lead many more tech firms to file their patent suits in the same East Texas court.

Nintendo has announced that its appeal of that original jury verdict has lead to the court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to overturn the jury verdict in the case. The patent at the heart of the suit was No. 6,906,700. The jury in the original case found that the Nintendo Wii Remote and Nunchuk did not infringe on the patent, but ruled that the Classic Controller infringed on the patent held by Anascape.

The jury verdict has now been overturned and Nintendo has been cleared of infringement. “In 2008, the jury determined that the Wii Remote and Nunchuk did not infringe,” said Nintendo of America General Counsel Rick Flamm. “Today the Federal Circuit’s ruling confirmed that none of Nintendo’s controllers infringe. We appreciate that our position has been vindicated.”


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