Electronics company Philips filed a suit against Nintendo yesterday, claiming that Nintendo has knowingly violated two different patents of theirs, and has continued to do so since 2011. Their goal? Monetary compensation and, oh, I don’t know, completely stopping the importation and sales of the Wii U in the United States.
According to Game Informer, Philips’ patents for “Virtual Body Control Device” and “User Interface System Based on Pointing Device” have been knowingly violated by Nintendo, as they’ve been aware of the patents through correspondence dated December 2011.
The patents do state that the technology could be used for video games, so Nintendo could be in quite a bit of trouble. I’m sure if Philips has a case, Nintendo will do what they can to stay out of hot water. Good thing the 3DS prints money, right?
Game Informer also states that Philips seeks “damages for the infringement and enhancement valued at three times that, as well as interest“, as well as an “injunction against further importation and sales of the Wii U and infringing products.”
As if Nintendo needed anymore negative press, right?
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