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IA Labs Loses Patent Portfolio To Nintendo After Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, Nintendo obtained the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs during a sheriff’s sale in Montgomery County, Maryland. IA Labs sued Nintendo for patent infringement in April 2010. Nintendo successfully defended the lawsuit and obtained judgment in its favor in February 2012. The trial court also awarded Nintendo some of the costs and fees it incurred defending the case.

IA Labs appealed the trial court’s ruling. The appeals court confirmed Nintendo’s win in June 2013. IA Labs was further ordered to pay Nintendo additional costs incurred in defending the appeal. IA Labs did not pay the amount due, so a sheriff’s sale was conducted to sell IA Labs’ remaining assets, including its patent portfolio. Nintendo obtained IA Labs’ entire patent portfolio at that sale as partial repayment for litigation costs.

“Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent. This includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”

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24 comments

    1. They had a patent on how to make a home console bomb harder than any previous console. Nintendo had no problem proving they owned that patent.

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      1. See, this is how you make a troll comment. Not just say “NINTENDO SUCKS”. This comment contains the necessary class and wit to be one of the funnier and more credible troll comments in almost any comment wall ever.

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      1. I know, but I love it when these inferior life forms lose to the might of our supremacy…

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  1. Mess with the bull and you get the horns. Had they backed off none of this would of happened. Nintendo got ripped because no one would want any of those stupid patents. Probably should sell it or give it away to ps4 or xbone so they can have some decent stuff on their systems

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  2. We got the portfolio, we got it now
    okay, now what? we dont even know what’s in there
    Lets check out.
    *Michael Pachter appears out of the portfolio*

    DAMN

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  3. Nintendo doesn’t use sheriffs, they use law ninjas, on loan from Thief.

    That’s why they should have called it a “ninja’s sale”.

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  4. Can’t wait to see some crappy unknown pizzeria in Italy sueing Nintendo because of Mario. Fuckers trying to legally steal the money they couldn’t get themselves.

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