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Nintendo Has Been Ordered To Pay $10,000,000 Due To A Patent Lawsuit Loss

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Four years ago, iLife Technologies Inc. filed a $144,000,000 patent lawsuit against Nintendo for an infringement of motion-sensing accelerometer technology in Wiimotes. Today, the verdict has gone out. Nintendo lost the lawsuit and must pay $10,000,000. Both sides have commented on the verdict in official statements. Legal firm Munck Wilson Mandala, who represents iLife, was pleased with the verdict:

Since 2013, Munck Wilson Mandala has represented iLife. Today’s verdict is the result of our commitment to excellence and an outstanding team effort.

However, if you think Nintendo is going to accept this, think again.  Nintendo disagrees with the verdict and they plan to repeal it:

On Aug. 31, 2017, a jury in Texas found that certain Wii and Wii U video game systems and software bundles infringed a patent belonging to iLife Technologies Inc. related to detecting if a person has fallen down. The jury awarded iLife $10 million in damages. Nintendo disagrees with the decision, as Nintendo does not infringe iLife’s patent and the patent is invalid. Nintendo looks forward to raising those issues with the district court and with the court of appeals.


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69 thoughts on “Nintendo Has Been Ordered To Pay $10,000,000 Due To A Patent Lawsuit Loss”

    1. “Ilife Technologies, Inc. filed as a Domestic For-Profit Corporation in the State of Texas on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012.”

      So with just a little research it turns out that iLife Technologies is a Texas based Company that was founded in late 2012. SO in less that ONE year of existence they sue Nintendo for 144 million dollars? And a Texas court rules in their favor? Nintendo outta sue the whole fucking state of Texas IMO.

      1. Not to mention that Wii remotes (including the enhanced Wii Motion Plus versions) existed for 6 years before that point, and the Wii U was hardly a month away. Are these guys claiming Wii remotes infringed on their products before their company was even founded? Something is way off about all this.

      2. The patent was filed in 1999, well before the Wii and WiiU where made. The Patent was published in 2005. Idk why it said iLife was only created in 2012 as they’re the original Assignee. I don’t think they did much with the patent, but Nintendo seem to have used the same method to detect certain movements, which would be in violation of this patent. They initally wanted $4 for every Wii sold.

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  2. Um, I never heard of the Wii being able to detect if someone has fallen down.

    This is as frivolous as frivolous lawsuits get.

    1. The Wii motion weren’t really that good to detect any thing sometimes if you play just dance on there you can just wave the remote in random spots sometimes and it will be accepted as perfect sometimes here’s the way I see this argument (greedy cheapskate company:they been way to successful with this concept that should be us ranking in the doug, maybe we can by trying to sue them then we can get what belongs to us)

  3. King Kalas X3 {I only buy exclusives that interest me on Switch. For everything else that interests me, there is PS4.}

    If they went after the Balance Board, I’d say them winning could have made sense but the Wiimote!? xD This does seem bogus!

  4. F!@#ing Texas, where all the theiving a$$ pieces of sh!t patent trolls dwell. I swear Texas is a plague on this country! From selfish greedy corrupt republicans (Ted Cruz), egotistical polluting oil tycoons to racist right-wing retards and scheming filthy thieving patent trolls, Texas is the absolute worse part of America!

  5. Four years ago was 2013, Wii remotes were already a thing for like 7 years and these guys waited until then to file a patent suit? Not to mention the tech, if any of it is the same, is being used for VERY different purposes between the companies.

    Sorry not sorry but this reeks of suspicion.

  6. The company was created in 2012, Nintendo has been using motion sensors since 2006.
    Seems legit.
    Those texan fuckwits better come clean about their collusion with the company, before Nintendo steamrolls them along with the scammers at iLife.
    Perhaps Apple should also weight in and sue them for using their “i” trademark to imply a connection to them.

  7. Justice is swift in the Court of Miracles
    I am the lawyers and judge all in one
    We like to get the trial over with quickly
    Because it’s the sentence that’s really the fun!

  8. i’ve watched or read something about patenting issues in U.S. especially in texas. it goes like this: people found companies just to have vaguely explained patents on technologies they didn’t even invent. and then they sue any other company that uses some tech similar to their patent. and these lawsuits take place in texas either their law favors the patent holder or some shady shit is going on their courts, cant remember.
    i dont know this is like that or not.

    1. King Kalas X3 {I only buy exclusives that interest me on Switch. For everything else that interests me, there is PS4.}

      It could take weeks, months, or even years before the case is settled. I suggest to not fret over it for too long or it’ll drive you nuts.

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