A federal appeals court has upheld Nintendo's 2012 victory in a patent lawsuit with IA Labs over Wii Fit, Nintendo announced today.
The opinion, issued in March 2012, ruled that Nintendo did not violate U.S. patent 7,121,982 in creating Wii Fit, its balance board or Wii Fit Plus. The lower court also required IA Labs to compensate Nintendo for more than $236,000 in legal fees. IA Labs originally filed suit in April 2010, charging that Nintendo violated two of its patents: one for a "computer interactive isometric exercise system" and the other for a "force measurement system for an isometric exercise device."
"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent," said Richard Medway, deputy general counsel for Nintendo of America, in a press release today.