Nintendo wins Wii patent case

Wii-maker touts early dismissal of infringement suit regarding parental controls on DVD video playback...which the Wii doesn't have. This is just one of 15-patent-related suits.
Written by Brendan Sinclair, Contributor
Since the launch of the Wii, Nintendo has been the subject of no fewer than 15 patent-related lawsuits. While many of those suits are still winding their way through the courts, Nintendo today issued a press release triumphantly touting victory over Guardian Media Technologies in one of its more recent patent suits.

A judge struck down spurious allegations that the Wii could play DVD movies.

"We are very pleased with the Court's decision," Nintendo of America senior vice president of legal Rick Flamm said in a statement. "Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits. At the earliest stages of this case, Nintendo convinced the court to dismiss this case as Guardian's patent had nothing to do with Nintendo's products."

Flamm is correct about the suit having nothing to do with Nintendo's products. The Wii maker was one of dozens of defendants in the suit, which alleged violations of Guardian's patent for parental control technology in TV programs and DVD video playback. While the Wii does include parental control functions, it does not feature DVD video playback. Nintendo's early dismissal from the case comes a scant six months after the suit was first filed.

Earlier this year, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a patent suit against Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. That suit was brought by Fenner Investments and centered around a patent the firm holds for a "low-voltage joystick port interface." It was originally filed in January of 2007.

This article was originally posted on GameSpot News.

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