Nintendo Sued Over Wii Patent
Nintendo Co. has been sued by Maryland-based Hillcrest Laboratories Inc., which filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission, and also filed a federal lawsuit in Maryland making the same allegation. The complaint and suit allege that the Nintendo Wii’s motion-sensing controller and software infringes on Hillcrest’s patents related to the technologies, according to the Wall Street Journal’s account. The filing also asks the commission to block imports of the Wii console and remote into the U.S.
“While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this action to protect its intellectual property rights,” HIllcrest said in a statement.
Hillcrest develops a motion-sensing controller for consumer electronics companies for television sets, set-top boxes and other products.