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[Y!]Nintendo facing patent lawsuit over DS

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Thanks to its innovative design and wealth of fantastic games, the Nintendo DS has scrambled to the top of the handheld gaming war, making the hardware wizards at Nintendo the darlings of the games industry.
But what if they don't hold the patent on the touchy tech?
As reported by video game blog Gamepolitics, John R. Martin has filed a complaint alleging that he owns the patent on the system's lauded touch screen. While the patent was updated in August of 2005 -- a full six months after Nintendo launched the DS -- it was originally filed a decade earlier in 1995.
The patent seems to cover the key input ingredient of Nintendo's popular handheld, citing "an improved method of operating a touch screen on a CRT or ICD computer screen [that] uses finger release as input registering" in "an electronic game device system [which] is switchable between an amusement mode and a gaming or gambling mode and is useful for vehicles such as airplanes or boats..."Sounds a little like the DS to us, minus the gambling bit.
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Nintendo, however, doesn't see the connection -- the company has responded by requesting that the entire suit be summarily dismissed.
This isn't Nintendo's first scrape with patent infringement. Earlier this year the company coughed up $21 million to tech company Anascape over several Nintendo game controllers, including their famous Wavebird, widely considered the first legitimate wireless game controller.
http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/...ver-ds/1226062
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whats that thing on that dudes head?
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lol hair
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lmao

I cant honestly see where they get a DS from that...
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What makes me mad is when people say they patent stuff like this and it says they patented it a decade or two ago. Why the HELL didn't you do anything with it!? Patents should expire really fast if you don't actually create a product that uses it. I hate the patent system. People use it to sue others by basically squatting on an idea until someone creates something like it, then sueing them for all the money they have because they couldn't be creative enough to create it themselves.
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whats that thing on that dudes head?
Its not a dude lol, Its wearing high-heels.



Whatever it is. It definitely isn't something god ever intended.
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Its an antenna.

BUG PEOPLE!
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What makes me mad is when people say they patent stuff like this and it says they patented it a decade or two ago. Why the HELL didn't you do anything with it!? Patents should expire really fast if you don't actually create a product that uses it. I hate the patent system. People use it to sue others by basically squatting on an idea until someone creates something like it, then sueing them for all the money they have because they couldn't be creative enough to create it themselves.
I don't think I could have said it better myself.

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What makes me mad is when people say they patent stuff like this and it says they patented it a decade or two ago. Why the HELL didn't you do anything with it!? Patents should expire really fast if you don't actually create a product that uses it. I hate the patent system. People use it to sue others by basically squatting on an idea until someone creates something like it, then sueing them for all the money they have because they couldn't be creative enough to create it themselves.
The original point of the patent system was to have people put their ideas on paper so others who have the resources and the ability to make a product from those ideas, giving due compensation to the patent holder for their idea. What we have today is just a bastardization of the core desire to spur development and progress, yay greed/lawyers.
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whats that thing on that dudes head?
i think it's a girl in a skirt and heels but no boobs. Maybe a cross dresser?
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