Nintendo has struck down a patent troll in a recent court ruling, which was started in 2009 by Wall Wireless. This company’s main order of business is enforcing patents, so not actually doing anything itself; a practice that’s not welcomed in many cases.
Wall Wireless saw its patent claims dismissed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Around the same time, the Japanese Patent Office similarly dropped Wall’s claims, as it didn’t find Nintendo infringing any patents.
Nintendo is a frequent target for lawsuits and copyright infringement cases. While it has won this one, there are some battles it loses, such as a costly one against Tomita Technologies that disputed the 3DS’ use of 3D technology.
In the last few years alone, Nintendo has been in and out of court with several patent companies. As early back as February, the company came up victorious against Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation.
Just this month, manufacturer Philips filed a suit against Nintendo, this time alleging that the Wii U is infringing on their patents. That case is still pending.
Commenting on the recent victory against Wall Wireless, Richard Medway of Nintendo stated:
Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits and other proceedings when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patents. It does not matter where such cases are filed or if it takes more than five years to vindicate our position. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.
Imagine needing to battle this sort of thing in court for five years. Luckily, Nintendo is a large enough company to factor in these sorts of shenanigans, but it hardly makes up for patent trolls trying their luck in the patent lottery.