Nintendo Ordered to Pay $10 Million Over Wii Patent Case

Nintendo Fighting $10M Verdict in Wii Patent Case

The company alleged, and a Texas jury agreed, that Nintendo misappropriated iLife's patented technology for use in its Wii game console - specifically that the Wii's remote controls, motion controllers, were infringing on its patent.

Additionally, iLife is not the first company to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo regarding its Wii Remotes.

Earlier this month, Nintendo found itself embroiled in a lawsuit after accessory maker Gamevice accused it of copying patented features in the Switch console.

The American arm of mobile video game giant Nintendo suffered a tough legal blow on Thursday when a jury in Dallas, Texas, ruled that Nintendo of America infringed on iLife's patented technology.

ILife sued Nintendo in 2013, claiming its patent was initially meant to monitor infants and prevent falls by the elderly.

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"Munck Wilson Mandala worked with iLife on this patent; we have represented them for the past two decades", he said in a statement. The company says a technology it created to prevent sudden infant death syndrome and monitor the elderly for falls was incorporated into the "Wiimote" controller used to play tennis, bowl or control other motion-control games. Today's verdict is the result of our commitment to excellence and an outstanding team effort.

Nintendo had argued that the patent was invalid due to its "lack of an adequate written description".

Nintendo still insists the patent is invalid and disagrees with the verdict.

The lawsuit seeks payment for 36 million Wii systems that were sold before the lawsuit was filed, a massive number of sales that warrants the high damages payout. Back in 2014 Nintendo won a similar case in federal court against UltimatePointer LLC.

In a statement provided to Rolling Stone's gaming site Glixel, Nintendo confirmed that it is already planning to appeal the verdict. Nintendo gifted John Kirby, their attorney, a $30,000 sailboat named Donkey Kong.

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