A federal court has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Nintendo’s Wii Remote controller.
The suit was first filed in 2010 by Triton Tech, however a Seattle district court judge found the patent “did not adequately describe a complete invention”, therefore rendering the claim invalid. Triton then took the claim to a federal appeals court, which upheld the previous ruling on June 13th.
The patent, which was filed by Triton in 1990, is for “a mouse which senses six degrees of motion arising from movement of the mouse within three dimensions.” The patent also describes functions similar to that of the Wii Remote’s motion control.
“We are very pleased with this result,” Nintendo of America general counsel Richard Medway said. “Nintendo has a long tradition of developing unique and innovative products, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. Nintendo continues to aggressively defend itself against patent trolls. After many years of litigation, the decision today reflects an appropriate resolution of this case.”