Courtroom intrigue today as Phillips announced it’s taking Nintendo to court over patent infringement. If it wins, the Wii U could be banned from sale in the States.
The company claims that Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U consoles infringe a patent it registered in 1996, listed as a “Virtual Body Control Device”, which is a way consoles replicate life-based action in games (yes, patents are this tenuous).
Nintendo’s Wii remote has also been accused of infringing a patent, based on the way it is able is able to communicate with the console as a pointing device.
Apparently, Nintendo was made aware of these patent infringements in 2011. But now Phillips is looking to step things up by making a claim to the US courts. If it wins, the Wii U could be banned from sale. This isn’t without precedent – a couple of years ago Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was banned from sale for similar reasons.
Rumours that Nintendo has managed to recruit Phoenix Wright to defend it so far remain unconfirmed.