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Jury fines Nintendo $21M for patent infringement

Posted: 20 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? console controller? Wii?

A federal jury ruled in favor of gaming company Anascape Ltd and ordered Nintendo of America Inc. to pay $21 million for infringing on a patent while designing controllers for its Wii and GameCube systems.

This is according to an Associated Press report, which quoted Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta as saying the company will file an appeal and expects the court to reduce the award significantly.

The jury ruled that that Nintendo infringed on the gaming company's patent while designing the Wii Classic, WaveBird and Gamecube controllers.

Scibettra said the company was pleased no infringement was found with the motion-sensing technology used in its wandlike Wii and Nuncheck controllers, which mimic users' movements in games such as tennis and boxing.

Anascape also filed a case against Microsoft Corp. for patent infringements on game controllers but reached an agreement with the company before the start of the trial against Nintendo, according to The Lufkin Daily News. The software giant said in a statement that terms of the settlement reached May 1 were confidential.

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