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Redmond (WA) - The verdict is in in the case of Anascape v. Nintendo and it's not good news for the creator of the Wii. A judge has ordered that Nintendo infringed on patents owned by Anascape, a Texas-based technology firm.

At issue was the question of whether Nintendo's game controllers violated the protection owned by Anascape, which holds a patent for "a remote controller with analog buttons."

A federal court found today that Nintendo was in fact guilty, and ordered a cash settlement in the amount of $21 million.

In July 2006, when Anascape filed the lawsuit, it also named Microsoft as a defendant. However, Microsoft settled the disput out of court.

Nintendo has vowed to appeal the verdict.
http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/37475/98/
Edited by wolf_08 - 5/17/08 at 6:26am
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before everyone gets all worked up...
i believe that here's the anascape patent. give it a read and i would be inclined to agree with the verdict, as it's not the simple "remote controller with analog buttons" that's mentioned in the article.

patent link via google patent search
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doesn't every controller, ever made use analog buttons? You know that controller on the patent looks awfully like an intellivision paddle. Plus going by the patent sony is in violation also with the vibrating controller.
Edited by battlenut - 5/17/08 at 6:31am
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before everyone gets all worked up...
i believe that here's the anascape patent. give it a read and i would be inclined to agree with the verdict, as it's not the simple "remote controller with analog buttons" that's mentioned in the article.

patent link via google patent search
Thanks, the article seemed very biased in the description.
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I have to agree with Anascape. It looks like a wii controller on the image of the patent.
Edited by wolf_08 - 5/17/08 at 6:35am
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the controller on the patent might look the same to some but to me it looks like it has a key pad, and a knob. I personally think that maybe all 2 axis 2 button controllers infringe on this patent then.
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$21 million? That's it? Nintendo can make that up in about a day selling only 84,000 Wiis. That's chump change.
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$21 million? That's it? Nintendo can make that up in about a day selling only 84,000 Wiis. That's chump change.
ya, it looks like it might just be to cover the legal fees and missed/backlogged royalty charges.
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before everyone gets all worked up...
i believe that here's the anascape patent. give it a read and i would be inclined to agree with the verdict, as it's not the simple "remote controller with analog buttons" that's mentioned in the article.

patent link via google patent search
I don't think thats the right patent. That one shows something almost akin to a track ball. Nintendo controllers use dual potentiometers for the X and Y axis.
    
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