Fed. Circ. OKs Nintendo's Alice Win Over $10M Verdict

Law360 (January 13, 2021, 5:45 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that a $10 million patent verdict against Nintendo was unfounded, agreeing with a Texas federal judge who threw it out on the grounds that the motion-sensing patent in question covered abstract ideas.

The appeals court upheld a post-trial decision by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to throw out the verdict won by plaintiff iLife Technologies Inc. for a motion-sensing innovation that iLife said Nintendo of America Inc. copied in the Wii gaming system, which relies heavily on player movements.

The appeals court said that under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, which clarified that abstract ideas implemented by...

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