Nintendo Ordered to Pay $10 Million in Wii Lawsuit

Nintendo Ordered to Pay $10 Million in Wii Lawsuit

After iLife Technologies filed the suit in 2013, the case was decided on Monday, August 28, with the jury ruling that Nintendo of America had infringed USA patent number 6,864,796 and must pay over $10 million in damages.

The Nintendo Wii is a home video games console in which the controller is used as a handheld pointing device which detects movement.

"The jury awarded iLife $10 million in damages", read the statement.

Around the same time iLife sued Nintendo it filed patent infringement suits against other companies for similar reasons - notably Fitbit and Under Armour. Nintendo looks forward to raising those issues with the district court and with the court of appeals.

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Lead counsel in the case for iLife, Mike Wilson of Munck Wilson Mandala, said to Dallas News: "We feel like we were vindicated really". Last March, Nintendo won a case against UltimatePointer LLC and it has twice defeated patent-licensing companies Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation, most recently in November 2015.

Nintendo has been ordered to stump up £7.7m ($10m) after a USA court found that its Nintendo Wii console infringed on patents held by Texan company iLife. These lawsuits usually go nowhere, so it's easy to forget about individual cases brought against Nintendo. Even if things don't work out for Super Mario and his friends, though, Nintendo should take a bit of solace in the fact that iLife was originally seeking a $4 per-unit royalty on all Wii console sales prior to the lawsuit, which would've been significantly more than $10 million.

Nintendo is appealing the ruling, but this might be the first company to successfully slice off a bit of that Wii money stash.

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