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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another Company Sues Nintendo for Patent Infringement

Taking the cue from ThinkOptics, another little-known company sues Nintendo for patent infringement over the Wii. UltimatePointer owns the patent titled “Easily Deployable Interactive Direct-Pointing System and Presentation Control System and Calibration Method Therefor” (7,746,321), which controls “movement of a computer display cursor based on a point-of-aim of a pointing device within an interaction region includes projecting an image of a computer display to create the interaction region.” Note that UltimatePointer’s product, the Upoint Laser, has yet to break out of testing phase and is not currently on the market.

Like ThinkOptics, UltimatePointer claims that Nintendo knew its products were infringing the patent in question before it was officially issued on June 29, 2010. And Like ThinkOptics, UltimatePointer also filed their complaint with the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas, which tends to favor the patent owner. The plaintiff also included retailers like JJ Games, Best Buy, Game Stop, RadioShack, Sam’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Sears, Dell, and many others in the suit.

It would be interesting how the court would decide on a patent infringement claim with the patent holder has not yet released its products.

Source: Gamasutra, via TechCrunch

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