Game over? Philips seeks ban on Nintendo Wii consoles over remote control patents
By Loek Essers
PCWorldMay 15, 2014 6:16 am PDT
Philips wants to ban U.S. imports and sales of Nintendo’s Wii gaming consoles and controllers, alleging they infringe two of its patents.
The Dutch company sued Nintendo in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on Wednesday, alleging that it infringes on patents that cover an interactive remote control system, according to the complaint.
The Wii, Wii U, and Wii Mini consoles are among the alleged infringing Nintendo products, as well as several controllers such as the Wii Remote Controller, the Wii Balance Board, and the Wii Nunchuk Controller.
One of the patents said to be infringed describes a virtual body control device that models a user’s body in a virtual environment and lets an animated version of the body follow physical movements of the user.
Nintendo sold products with such technology in the U.S. without any authority or license from Philips, the company said.
Philips said it informed Nintendo of its alleged infringement of the first patent at the end of 2011, adding that Nintendo has been selling products without taking a license on the technology since then.
Nintendo was also accused of having induced its users to infringe the second patent by providing its users with detailed instructions of how to use game controllers with the consoles in an infringing manner.
In both cases Nintendo’s infringement “has been deliberate and willful,” Philips said. The company requested a jury trial and is looking for damages. It also asked the court to ban the import and sales of Nintendo’s products in the U.S.