Nintendo Defeats Non-Practicing Entity in Global Patent Fight
US District Court Dismisses Case
REDMOND, Wash. -- May 19, 2014
Nintendo has won a patent infringement case in a U.S. District Court in Texas.
The case was brought in February 2009 by Wall Wireless, LLC, which claimed
that the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems infringed a patent. Wall
Wireless is a company whose primary business is enforcing patents. The court
dismissed the case on May 19, 2014, after the United States Patent and
Trademark Office canceled all the patent claims Wall Wireless was relying on
in its case.
This dismissal follows a decision by the Japanese Patent Office, which also
found that Nintendo’s products do not infringe Wall’s Japanese patents.
“We are very pleased to see the U.S. case dismissed, and also to have the
Japanese Patent Office confirm that Nintendo does not infringe Wall’s Japanese
patents,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy
general counsel. “Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other
proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It
does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years
to vindicate our position.Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative
products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”
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