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LUFKIN, Texas - Nintendo of America Inc. was ordered to pay a small East Texas gaming company $21 million Wednesday for infringing on a patent while designing controllers for its popular Wii and GameCube systems.

A federal jury found in favor of Anascape Ltd. in the lawsuit that was originally filed in 2006. Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta said the company will seek an appeal and expects the court to reduce the award "significantly."

The jury found that Nintendo infringed on Anascape's patent while designing its Wii Classic, WaveBird and Gamecube controllers.

Scibettra said Nintendo was pleased no infringement was found with the motion-sensing technology used in its wandlike Wii and Nuncheck controllers, which mimic movements by users in games such as tennis and boxing.

Attorneys for Anascape did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tyler-based Anascape also sued Microsoft Corp. for patent infringements on game controllers but reached an agreement with the company before the start of the trial against Nintendo, The Lufkin Daily News reported.

Microsoft said in a statement that terms of the settlement reached May 1 were confidential.
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Edit: Ooops non related
Edited by BugBash - 5/15/08 at 3:43pm
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Originally Posted by Gamespot
The patents in question deal with a variety of controller technologies, including analog sensors, tactile feedback, and vibration mechanisms.
I wonder if they know that all of those technologies we're designed by Nintendo 4 years before this money grubbing company even tried to patent them?

Something needs to be done against this kind of thing, MS might have paid them off what with their $19B in cash reserves, but Nintendo won't. I say that if the judge rules in Nintendo's favor Anascape should be charged with some kind of fraud or extortion.
    
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Scibettra said Nintendo was pleased no infringement was found with the motion-sensing technology used in its wandlike Wii and Nuncheck controllers, which mimic movements by users in games such as tennis and boxing.
They're hiding something!
    
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Patent squatters.
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Originally Posted by iandh View Post
Patent squatters.
Exactly! Nintendo should win by default from the sheer fact that Anascape probably hasn't even touched the patent, and probably has no idea how to actually make use of it.
    
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Ummm rumble tech was a joint venture between Nintendo and immersion. Analog stick were out on consoles when the N64 came out (unless you count atari but thats a joy stick). And Why did they wait till now to sue them? The GC came out almost 8 years ago.
    
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Ummm rumble tech was a joint venture between Nintendo and immersion. Analog stick were out on consoles when the N64 came out (unless you count atari but thats a joy stick). And Why did they wait till now to sue them? The GC came out almost 8 years ago.
Yeah, this is seriously after the fact and from way out of left field.

I hope nintendo wins the appeal because that's just a load of...well you know.

There should be a limit to the amount of time that a technology comes out that you can sue for patent infringement. If you don't sue within that time frame then you concede your rights to the patent because obviously you don't care enough or don't have enough of an investment in it to care.
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Originally Posted by gex80 View Post
And Why did they wait till now to sue them? The GC came out almost 8 years ago.
Because when the GC came out Nintendo was a struggling company, and they wouldn't be able to extort them for much. They waited until the wavebird and the Wii, and a little bit after until the Wii took off to say "yes, we will get the most money possible right now".

Makes me sick.


Oh and btw the analog stick using in today's consoles was actually a joint venture between Sony and Nintendo, for the N64, until Sony gave Nintendo the shaft (of the non-analog variety) and ran off with the design for the PS1.
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I like how everyone always rushes to defend whoever is getting sued for patent infringement.
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