Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus Rebuffs Patent Infringement Claims

A Seattle judge threw out charges made by Triton concerning copyright infringement concerns about Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus.
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The Wii MotionPlus accessory, a mouse which tracked six degrees of motion in three dimensions, held up against a copyright-infringement case this week.

Triton brought a lawsuit against Nintendo of America, the Wii’s developer, claiming that the Wii MotionPlus violated U.S. Patent No. 5,181,181.

Triton (sometimes known as Triton Technologies) has a headquarters in Houston and specializees as an “innovative oilfield service provider.” 

The lawsuit traveled across the country, from Texas to Seattle, where a federal judge rejected the case Friday.

“We feel vindicated by the court’s ruling,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America deputy general counsel, in a press release.

“Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the Triton lawsuit, when we believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent. Consumers respect Nintendo because we develop unique and innovative products, and because we respect the intellectual property rights of others.”

Wii motion-tracking patents have already been called into question before, as Nintendo won a court appeal in April, against Motiva LLC.


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