Dutch tech company hits Nintendo with another patent infringement suit

Nintendo is the subject of another recent patent dispute, in which Dutch technology company Koninklijke Philips is accusing Nintendo of infringing on two of its patents with the Wii and Wii U's motion controls.

According to court documents, Philips states that Nintendo's technology infringes on Philips' own research into interactive systems using remote motion control and detection to operate a device. Philips' suit against Nintendo includes two patents — one for motion control, and another for wireless devices that can be remotely controlled by a second device.

The suit also specifically states that Nintendo's Wii, Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Wii Mini and Wii MotionPlus technology are all in violation. The second infringement claim is leveled at the Wii U and GamePad console ecosystem. Furthermore, Philips' suit states Nintendo had "actual knowledge" of the first patent and proceeded with their technology anyway, choosing not to license from Philips.

Philips is calling for trial by jury on all its presented claims and is asking for a ban on the manufacturing and sale of the Wii U and subsequent Nintendo hardware with similar technology as a result.

This isn't the first time Nintendo's technology has been wrapped up in a legal suit. In 2010, IA Labs filed suit against Nintendo, claiming the company violated two of IA's patents with Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. The court ruled in favor of Nintendo in 2012, and in January this year Nintendo acquired IA Labs' entire patent portfolio in a sheriff's sale. That same month, a U.S. District Judge ruled that Nintendo has to pay a royalty percentage to Tomita Technologies International Ltd. after Nintendo was found to have infringed on the latter company's patents with the 3DS camera.

More from Polygon

Enemy Starfighter: Homeworld from inside a fighter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay trailer

  • Diablo 3 - Xbox One vs. PC comparison

  • Hearthstone - Military Quarter gameplay video

  • Elite: Dangerous Overview video

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.