Phillips to sue Nintendo.

nintendo.logo_1Philips is suing Nintendo for damages over an alleged patent infringement found in Wii U that could see the console taken off store shelves.

According to court documents, Philips claims that Nintendo has infringed upon two of its patents linked to the interaction with motion-detecting devices in products like the Wii U and Wii U GamePad.

One of the patents covers a “user interaction system [comprising of] a portable pointing device connected to a camera and sending pictures to a digital signal processor, capable of recognizing an object and a command given by the user by moving the pointing device in a specific way, and controlling an electrical apparatus on the basis of this recognition”.

Philips claims that it made Nintendo aware of the alleged infringement in November 2011, and that “Nintendo has directly infringed, induced infringement of, and contributed to infringement of one or more claims of the ‘379 patent, both literally and under the doctrine of equivalents, by making, using, selling, offering for sale, and importing interactive virtual modeling products within the United States”.

The company is seeking a trial by jury for damages and asks for any infringing products – including Wii U – to be withdrawn from sale.


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