Nintendo Getting Sued Over Motion Controller

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Big surprise. This sounds a lot like the dualshock story now doesn’t it?

In a nutshell, Bloomberg reports that some company called Hillcrest Laboratories has sued Nintendo claiming that Nintendo is using their motion-controlling inventions in the Wii.

Along with the whole song and dance, Hillcrest is trying to block imports of the Wii and it’s controllers, which will obviously damage Nintendo quite badly if it had to happen. This next part is the one that interests me though.

According to the report on Kotaku, Hillcrest say the following:

“While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this action to protect its intellectual property rights,”

Sounds like they are trying to suck up to Nintendo at the same time that they are suing them. I reckon they are going to be hoping for an acquisition.

Three of the patents are for the motion controllers with the fourth being for the user interface. Bloomberg reports that the investigation will take around 15 months.

source: Kotaku

Last Updated: August 21, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • Rudolph

    And they only realise this after 2 years and millions of consoles sold?! Something smells fishy…

  • Abe

    Yea thats what i was thinking, a little late to the party guys

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