A lawsuit filed by technology company Triton Tech of Texas, LLC against Nintendo asserting the latter infringed on the former's patents with Wii Remotes has been dismissed by a federal appeals court, Nintendo announced today.
The court confirmed the suit — which was filed in 2010 and stated that Nintendo violated Triton's patent U.S. Patent No. 5,181,181 with the motion-sensor-based MotionPlus technology — was deemed invalid on June 13.
Previously, Judge Richard A. Jones of the Seattle district court had dismissed the suit after finding that Triton's patent was invalid; the patent did not adequately describe a complete invention. The new June 13 ruling upholds this initial dismissal.
"We are very pleased with this result," said Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel Richard Medway in a press statement sent out by the company. "Nintendo has a long tradition of developing unique and innovative products, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. Nintendo continues to aggressively defend itself against patent trolls. After many years of litigation, the decision today reflects an appropriate resolution of this case."
Nintendo's motion controls were the subject of another patent lawsuit earlier this spring, in which Dutch technology company Koninklijke Philips accused Nintendo of infringing on two of its patents with motion technology used for the Wii and Wii U.