A patent lawsuit brought against Nintendo by Wall Wireless, LLC in 2009 regarding the DS and DSi has been dismissed.

Wall Wireless sued Nintendo, Sony, and Nokia claiming its devices infringed on a, "method and apparatus for creating and distributing real-time interactive media content through wireless communication networks and the internet." Wall Wireless is a company whose primary function is the defense of patents, but the U.S. District Court dismissed this case. Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel, Richard Medway said, “We are very pleased to see the U.S. case dismissed," and continued saying, "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."

The second part of that staement rings true as Nintendo is constantly at odds with patent owners and technology-related lawsuits. Must recently, Nintendo is dealing with a lawsuit brought forward by former partner Philips, who is seeking to halt Wii U sales in the U.S..

[Source: Nintendo, via Joystiq]


Our Take
Many patent lawsuits are valid, but many others are frivolous. The dismissal of this case makes me assume this might have fallen under the definition of the latter, even if it did take five years to meet fruition.