Nintendo wins appeal in Wiimote patent infringement case

Nintendo has prevailed again in its defense of its Wiimote patents against hardware company Motiva’s accusations of infringement.

Reuters reports that a three-judge panel ruled in Nintendo’s favor for a second time, after winning the original ruling in 2011. The suit was originally filed against the firm in 2008.

The panel affirmed the original decision that the Wiimote didn’t infringe on Motiva’s patents. It also suggested that Motiva was not interested in making any products based on its patents, but instead was only after a settlement – since Motiva’s case didn’t take into account the significant financial investment Nintendo made to bring the product to market.

There is simply no reasonable likelihood that, after successful litigation against Nintendo, Motiva’s patented technology would have been licensed by partners who would have incorporated it,” Judge Sharon Prost stated.

While Motiva was unsuccessful in its appeal, the company still plans to pursue the case in district court.

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