Nintendo Triumphs In Court Case Against Motiva

by Mike Futter on May 13, 2013 at 03:58 PM

Nintendo's legal defense against Ohio-based Motiva LLC might be at an end after five years. The house that Mario built has been fending off a patent suit since 2008, when Motiva filed a claim based on the Wii's ability to sense position and movement.

Today the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found that Motiva's motivations for suing Nintendo were solely to collect damages and win a settlement. In order to have been successful, Motiva would have had to prove that it was making a significant investment to bring a product to market using its patents.

According to Reuters, Motiva will continue to appeal. Nintendo will be able to continue to importing the Wii unless Motiva is successful in its case.

The full press release is on page two.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld Nintendo’s victory in a patent infringement case brought by Motiva, LLC against Nintendo at the International Trade Commission. The Court of Appeals agreed with the ITC that Motiva had failed to satisfy the agency’s domestic industry requirement. The ITC had also ruled that Nintendo did not infringe Motiva’s patents.

“We are very pleased with this result. The court confirmed that Motiva’s sole activity, litigation against Nintendo, did not satisfy the ITC’s domestic industry requirement,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel. “Nintendo has a passionate tradition of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent.”