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Nintendo has defended itself against a lawsuit that alleged its Wii Remote technology infringed upon patents obtained by UltimatePointer.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 3, 2016

1 Min Read

Back in 2014, a company called UltimatePointer filed a patent lawsuit against Nintendo and a number of retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, and Target, claiming that the Wii Remote infringed on its own pointing device patents. 

The case against Nintendo was dismissed by a Seattle Federal Court before going to trial, however, UltimatePointer attempted to overturn that outcome in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Nintendo has now revealed that the Appeals Court has ruled in its favor, and has upheld the Seattle Court's original ruling that UltimatePointer must pay some of its attorney feeds. 

According to the Appeals Court, UltimatePointer engaged in "bad faith, vexatious, [and] wanton” conduct when choosing to accuse Nintendo of patent infringement.

“We are very happy with this result,” said Ajay Singh, director of litigation and compliance at Nintendo of America. 

"This case again demonstrates that Nintendo will vigorously defend itself and its innovations against patent lawsuits. It also demonstrates that, when justified, Nintendo will pursue all available options to recover attorney fees for improper litigation conduct. 

"Nintendo continues to support reform efforts to reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden patent cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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