Monday, March 05, 2012

Wii Balance Board Patent Lawsuit Falls Flat

A Maryland U.S. District Court judge has summarily dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo brought by IA Labs. The suit alleged that Nintendo's Wii Balance Board, as well as the accompanying Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus software, infringed on one of IA Labs' patents.

Nintendo has slayed another “patent troll” as IA Labs tries to sue the company for the Wii Balance Board. This is the third time Nintendo has won, by the way. Apparently success brings on trolls, and the Wii Balance Board was quiet a success. A Maryland U.S. District Court judge put another check mark in the ‘V’ column for Nintendo after IA Labs brought a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo for the Wii Balance Board.

IA Labs has not seen a real update on their site since 2008, so this may be a move to try to recover funds lost over time, but that is only speculation. While this news is not exactly topical, it seems Nintendo is starting to speak our language. Maybe that hints at some change the company will start to make to appeal to the hardcore crowd with the Wii U. Or, maybe they are just being awesome. Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Legal & General Counsel had this to say in regards to the victory:

“Nintendo has a passionate tradition of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent. We refuse to succumb to patent trolls.”

So there you have it patent trolls. Nintendo will not succumb!

SOURCE: IGN, Ripten Video Game Blog, That Video Game Blog, Destructoid.

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