Tough news for the big N as a UK court sides with Philips.
Nintendo’s Wii console did more than sell eleventy million units; it started a revolution in the games industry. Suddenly motion control was all the rage. Sony and Microsoft both raced to market with their own motion control setups, and the rest is sort of history.
One problem for Nintendo, though: It looks like the technology powering the Wii’s revolutionary motion controllers might conflict with patents owned by Philips. And according to one UK court, that’s very much the case. Judge Colin Birss has rules that Nintendo’s Wii, Wii Remote, Balanc Board, Wii Nunchchuck, Wii U, , and Wii U gamepad all infringe on patents held by Philips.
“The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing.”
This is one of several patent suits from Philips against Nintendo -- the company has filed essentially the same suit in the US, Germany, and France.