Nintendo Scores Fed. Circ. Win In Wii Controller IP Row

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s imported Wii video game system did not infringe Motiva LLC’s wireless controller patents, saying Motiva’s failure to commercialize its patented technology had nothing to do with Nintendo’s subsequent presence in the market.

A three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. International Trade Commission January 2012 decision that Nintendo had not violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act nor infringed Motiva's two patents-in-suit, allowing the Japanese video-game giant to continue importing the Wii system into the U.S. The panel said Motiva failed to prove that a domestic market existed for its...

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