IA Labs’ Patent Portfolio Picked by Nintendo Following Inability to Pay Lawsuit Fees

Back in April 2010 IA Labs sued Nintendo over patent infringement relating to the Wii, Wii Remote, Wii Fit, the Balance Board and other Nintendo products. It took Nintendo until February 2012 to successfully defend their case; after which IA Labs filed for an appeal in June 2013 that was then overturned.

The court then ordered IA Labs to pay Nintendo additional costs incurred in defending the appeal.

The amount was not paid by the relating party so as a result its remaining assets, including its patent portfolio were sold off. Nintendo picked up the patents as partial repayment for its litigation costs.

Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent, Nintendo of America deputy general counsel Richard Medway said in a statement. This includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.

Following the lawsuit, IA Labs has shut down.