U.S. commission agrees to investigate Wii patent infringement

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  1. Rock Raiyu
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    According to Reuters, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has said it is to look into allegations by Hillcrest Laboratories' which state that Nintendo has infringed Hillcrest's patents with the Nintendo Wii. Hillcrest believe Nintendo has infringed their patent for "motion-detecting technology which allowing users to select items on a screen by waving a handheld device." Nintendo says it intends to vigorously defend this action but if they are found guilty of the infringement, the ITC could ban the infringing Wii products from sale in the United States.
     
  2. Salamantis

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    Doubt it's going to happen.
     
  3. Brian117

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    I'm really not understanding this...
     
  4. Rock Raiyu
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    Basically, HillCrest is sueing Nintendo for copyright of motion detection. (With the Wii Remote and and touching and clicking things on the screen.) Nintendo are fighting back, if they lose there won't be anymore Wii Products though I don't know if that includes games..
     
  5. nicky041192

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    source?
     
  6. Psyfira

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    Put it this way, if they rule on the side of the patent holder then Nintendo will probably just pay them off. I really doubt they'll withdraw the Wii from sale, and the patent holder's probably only doing this for the money anyway (which if I understand patents correctly Nintendo should've paid them for permission to use the technology in the first place, so if they win it's money they're entitled to anyway) so they're bound to accept an offer if one's put in front of them.
     
  7. Brian117

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    Ah ok thanks for clearing that up.

    Basically it sounds like another company wanting Nintendo's money, so they'll do anything to get it.
     
  8. Ferrariman

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    Does that mean Sony and Logitech should get sued too?
     
  9. Banger

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    Or if the wii is no longer allowed to sell the product in the US. Which is very unlikely that would mean the wii will be a black market product meaning very expensive!
     
  10. Lumstar

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    I'd say it's a good thing. 480p is ****. Nintendo needs a newer console.
     
  11. Ferrariman

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    Things I want from Nintendo's next console.

    1. Big HD. Around 200GB will be the norm.
    2. High Definition Graphics.
    3. Integrated DVD support
    4. Blast Processing. I MEAN RLY.
     
  12. Gore

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    2. is a given.
    As for 1., do you really think when the next consoles come out 200 Gigs will be big?
    The Wii is predicted to have a longer life than the PS2, and all the consoles will last for a few more years.
    We'll see where we are hard-drive wise then. [​IMG]
     
  13. Dragoon709

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    Anywhere there are games

    If I remember correctly Sony already had a suit filed against them over the SixAxis technology
     
  14. DeMoN

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    Good thing.
    1. I don't like my Wii.
    2. I can sell it then for big bucks. $$$
     
  15. Dack

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    From http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/09/18/it..._investigation/

    Probably a *LOT* of prior art e.g. The old Binatone/Magnavox light gun games.
     
  16. Wabsta

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    Dude, that's totally gay.
    I mean, how could anyone even put a patent on it?
    That's like putting a patent on a remote control, or (as for DS), on a touchscreen.
    I mean, cmon, why?
     
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    The only thing I really can respond to that is; Only in America.

    I don't want to sound racist, stereotypical or anything, but really, all these patent issues, especially lately with these "new" consoles (they have been around for a while now) are growing way out of hand, and nothing is still being done with the actual patents people claim for themselves..

    The EU isn't looking much better with their recent development towards the same end, oh well, everyone just wants money and wont stop at nothing to get it I guess.

    Tbh if you make a patent for an idea, you should have a set amount of time to realize this patent before some other company/person makes it for themselves and makes big bucks for hitting the market first. This is exactly what happened with the six-axis controller deal, patent done in what, 70s, 80s? and not until now does the patent holder rise and want money for it.

    Less stupidity would be so much nicer.