Philips sues Nintendo over Wii tech: report

Dutch company hopes to get Wii, Wii U banned in US

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Philips sues Nintendo over Wii tech: report Sources say that Nintendo could be forced to stop selling the Wii and Wii U in the United States. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 15, 2014

Dutch electronics manufacturer, Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe two of its patents, one of which dates back to 1996, online sources say.

According to Nintendolife.com, citing Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States that call for a ban on selling both systems in the region as well as seeking a compensation package.

The first patent, which is listed as ‘Virtual Body Control Device', involves tracking a person's body and movements in order to replicate such actions in a virtual environment.

The second patent, ‘User Interface System Based on Pointing Device', describes a portable device that is in communication with a camera, which another device can use to track movements.

Philips claims Nintendo was made aware of the patents in 2011, but took no action to acquire a licence to use them and if the claim is upheld, Philips would be entitled to a large amount of compensation and Nintendo could be forced to stop selling the Wii and Wii U in the United States.

Nintendo has been accused of infringing patents before. The Wii's motion-control system has been attacked by various claimants, all of which have failed to convince the courts of any wrongdoing on Nintendo's part. However, in 2011, Seijiro Tomita successfully won a case against Nintendo after it became clear that the 3DS infringed his patents. According to Engadget, Tomita was awarded $30.2m in damages.

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