Nintendo has just won a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a patent troll back in 2009. What took so long?
Patent troll is legitimate slang by the way. It’s a term used for companies filing patent infringement suits related to patents that aren’t actually used in their own services or products. However, a better term is ‘non-practicing entity.’
Anyway, back in February 2009, Texas firm Wall Wireless LLC sued Nintendo over the use of wireless communication technology found within its DS and DSi handheld consoles.
The case has just been binned after the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Japanese Patent Office deemed that Nintendo didn’t infringe on the patents.
“We are very pleased to see the US case dismissed, and also to have the Japanese Patent Office confirm that Nintendo does not infringe Wall’s Japanese patents,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel.
He added, “Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years to vindicate our position. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”