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Nintendo Sued By UltimatePointer Over Wii Remote Design

Technology company UltimatePointer, owner of the Upoint laser-pointer presentation remote, has sued Nintendo and various retail outlets for the sale of the Nintendo Wii Remote.
Technology company UltimatePointer, owner of the Upoint laser-pointer presentation remote, has sued Nintendo and various retail outlets for the sale of the Nintendo Wii Remote. In a court filing [PDF], UltimatePointer explains that it owns the rights to a patent for an invention entitled "Easily Deployable Interactive Direct-Pointing System and Presentation Control System and Calibration Method." The company argues that Nintendo Japan and Nintendo America have "directly infringed the patent with the unauthorized selling of its Wii remote hardware." It also states that various retailers, including GameStop, Best Buy and Sears, have infringed the patent by offering the Wii Remote for sale. UltimatePointer is looking to receive damages due to the alleged infringement, along with costs of court and an award of reasonable attorney fees. Currently, UltimatePointer is not selling the Upoint, as the website claims the product is currently undergoing a "rigorous testing scheme." Earlier this month, a similar case reared its head, as Wavit Remote manufacturer ThinkOptical revealed it was suing Nintendo over the Wii Remote design.

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