Nintendo sued over Wiimote

By Justin Mann on December 11, 2006, 6:13 PM
You would think if Nintendo was going to get sued over the Wii, it'd most likely come from the numerous users who have chucked their Wiimote and had it damage an object in their house. However, the first lawsuit we hear coming since it's release is, of all things, over a button. A company called Interlink that specializes in interface devices is suing Nintendo over the Wii's Remote trigger, which they claim infringes on a patent they received 9 years ago.

Interlink goes on to state that it is seeking compensation for "loss of reasonable royalties, reduced sales and/or lost profits as a result of the infringing activities."
Nintendo's official response hasn't been released yet, if they will comment at all. Given the ambiguous nature of many patents of this nature, this could easily go either way.




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TimeParadoX said:
Interlink must have no life, If they sue Nintendo for a freaking control design then they must be really poor and need money :DI mean it's just a control for a console! If they were going to sue someone they should sue Sony because they stole the idea for the PS3 control from the Wii!
zephead said:
a company can make a good bit of money off of something like this. i'll bet their lawyers are behind this...
canadian said:
But the fact they are calling for the US trade commission to kinda ban the controllers sale is kinda....Mean?
N3051M said:
gee.. the chances of a company suing over a small molded piece of plastic and an electronic on/off trigger.. Imagine if thomas edison sued the inventor of the morse code machine because his invention used electricity to transmit its message across. That would have been funny.Interlink must've been low on the cash reserves over there to pull something like this. Nintendo's lawyers should be able to brush aside this small nuisance away.If [url=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Se
t2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1
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his[/url] is the correct partial extract of the patent in question, then they [interlink] are gonna waste their money because:"Trigger operated electronic device" covers a lot of things, including laser guns, various remote controls and among other devices and also this sentence:"There is an infra-red output signal transmitted to a receiver for operating the computer." which i believe that the wiimote only receives infrared signal to triangulate its position, then sends it to its bluetooth wifi to the wiibox, not the other way around. Even if i don't know the exact tech inside the remotes and the wiimotes, if i can pick out something like that then there's reasonable doubt in the air.And that guy who wrote up the source article needs to use spellcheck. man..
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by N3051M:[/b][quote]gee.. the chances of a company suing over a small molded piece of plastic and an electronic on/off trigger.. Imagine if thomas edison sued the inventor of the morse code machine because his invention used electricity to transmit its message across. That would have been funny.Interlink must've been low on the cash reserves over there to pull something like this. Nintendo's lawyers should be able to brush aside this small nuisance away.I agree, this lawsuit is frivilous and ridiculous.If [url=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Se
t2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1
f=G&l=50&s1=6,850,221.PN.&OS=PN/6,850,221&RS=PN/6,850,221]
his[/url] is the correct partial extract of the patent in question, then they [interlink] are gonna waste their money because:"Trigger operated electronic device" covers a lot of things, including laser guns, various remote controls and among other devices and also this sentence:"There is an infra-red output signal transmitted to a receiver for operating the computer." which i believe that the wiimote only receives infrared signal to triangulate its position, then sends it to its bluetooth wifi to the wiibox, not the other way around. Even if i don't know the exact tech inside the remotes and the wiimotes, if i can pick out something like that then there's reasonable doubt in the air.And that guy who wrote up the source article needs to use spellcheck. man..[/quote]
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