UltimatePointer claims that Wii’s handheld controller infringed upon its technology described as ‘vexatious’ and ‘wanton’

Nintendo successfully re-defends Wiimote patent lawsuit

Another day, another Nintendo legal battle.

This time, the Japanese giant found itself once again accused of infringing upon the patents held by tech firm UltimatePointer.

Referencing the Wii Remote, UltimatePointer claimed that Nintendo’s iconic handheld motion controller matched up with its own patented “handheld pointing device that can be used to control the cursor on a projected computer screen, thereby improving a presenter’s ability to control the cursor while making a presentation to an audience".

A Seattle court ruled in Nintendo’s favour back at the end of 2014, but UltimatePointer followed up with a request to overturn the decision.

Now, that attempt has once again been denied by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nintendo issued a statement in response to the move, saying that the court had found UltimatePointer’s claim to be ‘vexatious’ and ‘wanton’.

"This case again demonstrates that Nintendo will vigorously defend itself and its innovations against patent lawsuits," said Ajay Singh, director of litigation and compliance at Nintendo of America.

"It also demonstrates that, when justified, Nintendo will pursue all available options to recover attorney fees for improper litigation conduct.

"Nintendo continues to support reform efforts to reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden patent cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States."

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