Nintendo has come out the winner in the patent infringement case at the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. from Ohio-based manufacturer Motiva. The case dates back to 2008 where Motiva claimed Nintendo’s Wiimote design infringed on two patents the company held for its “Human Movement Measurement System.” In 2012 the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Nintendo.
“Motiva’s litigation was targeted at financial gains, not at encouraging adoption of Motiva’s patented technology,” Circuit Judge Sharon Prost wrote, according to a report by Reuters. “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.”
“We are very pleased with this result. The court confirmed that Motiva’s sole activity, litigation against Nintendo, did not satisfy the ITC’s domestic industry requirement,” said Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel, Richard Medway. “We vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent.”
Motiva’s lawyer said they will now take the case to the district court.