Nintendo SUED, again

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  1. Ferrariman
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    Ferrariman Hip-Flop and cRap

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    It's that time again, time for Nintendo to be sued by some small, unknown company looking for some cash, and maybe some fame.

    This time around, it's for the Wii's Wiimote controller, as Motiva a small Ohio based company claims a they patented a "'Human Movement Measurement System' comprising a hand-held tracking device in communication with a base station that can be used to create an interactive gaming experience" in 2004. They were granted the patent in 2007.
     
  2. SoulAnger

    SoulAnger MENUdo's Developer

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    I'll give ya 5 USDs that nintendo will win [​IMG]
     
  3. Twiggy12

    Twiggy12 GBAtemp Fan

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    well nintendo is the one with the $$$ so they will win if it goes to coart but i doubt it since nintendo will just buy them out
     
  4. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

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    Since the Wii came out in 2006 and was shown in 2005, I don't see how having a patent in 2007 means a whole heck of a lot. And that's the date that matters.


    Beyond that, there are several ways one could do a wiimote that are different from Nintendo's.
     
  5. UltraMagnus

    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    actually, I think its the date of application that matters, hence the term "pat pending"

    whatever, you just know nintendo will settle out of court, simply because if this company does win the case (no matter how small the chance) they would be granted massive damages (think $5-$10 for every wii ever sold)

    as for other ways to do it, i have a headset that works on virtually the same principle as the wiimote for pc that came out in like 1998
     
  6. Raika

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    Those dudes are just attention seekers. They're crazy trying to sue Nintendo. Nintendo has the cash and name(as in Nintendo is well known all over the world) while they're just some random people without any status....
     
  7. Cyberxion

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    Patent laws are complex, but it would seem that if I understand whatever the hell I just read on the matter, Motiva may have a case, even if it turns out that they're a non-practicing entity. If I'm right, then once a patent is granted, it becomes valid for 20 years after the filing date. Which would mean that even though the patent was granted in 2007, it was became valid as of 2004. So the onus would be on Nintendo to prove that they patented the tech before Motiva filed for their patent.

    Now with that having been said, this sort of thing sickens me. Patent trolls are opportunistic bastards who bend and twist patent laws to meet their own selfish ends. Motiva might technically be in the right, but the patent system needs to be revised to deal with bullshit like this. I say that it should be manditory that once a company or entity files a patent, they have to do something with it within a certain period or risk losing it. Too many cases like this have popped up in recent years, in which a company will file a wide-reaching patent and then sit on it until someone inevitably creates similar tech, then sue for big money. That is a gross misuse of the patent system, and should be discouraged, if not outright punished.
     
  8. Upperleft

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    they don't notice things till it becomes popular
     
  9. R2DJ

    R2DJ GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Ooh I think we have the same tech as the Wiimote. Let's sue them to get monay monayyyyy....

    This reminds me: Did Nintendo win against that lawsuit about the add-ons (Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GC Controller)?
     
  10. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

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    Thats what they do all the time, they also have threatened Pokesav, that application that mods you pokemon diamond and pearl saves, why do they always do that? [​IMG]
     
  11. Cyberxion

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    I think that it's currently in appeal. Nintendo can keep selling them pending results of said appeal.
     
  12. ZenZero

    ZenZero GBATEMP's regular arse.

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    I swear I heard this exact story last year...