Nintendo acquires "troll's" patent portfolio after legal victory

As a result of legal victory against IA Labs in Wii Fit case, Mario maker obtains entire IA Labs patent portfolio.

Nintendo has acquired the entire patent porfolio of now-defunct technology company IA Labs following its victory in court, the Japanese gaming giant announced this week. Nintendo obtained the "troll's" patents during a sheriff's sale in Montgomery County, Maryland on Tuesday.

IA Labs originally sued Nintendo for patent infringement in 2010, claiming the Mario maker's Wii controller and Wii Fit technology infringed on two separate IA Labs patents. Nintendo successfully defended itself as part of a court battle in 2012, also winning various fees related to the case.

IA Labs appealed the ruling, but an appellate court sided with Nintendo in June 2013. At this point, IA Labs was ordered to pay Nintendo additional fees, and when the company failed to do so, a sheriff's sale was commenced.

"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. This includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation," Nintendo of America vice president and deputy general counsel Richard Medway said in a statement. "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

Nintendo has not won every court battle it's been involved with, however. Last year, Nintendo lost a high-profile 3DS patent lawsuit from longtime Sony inventor Seijiro Tomita. As part of this decision, a federal jury awarded Tomita $30.2 million in damages, though this would later be cut in half to $15.1 million. What's more, a U.S. District judge ruled in December that Nintendo must pay Tomita a royalty rate of 1.82 percent for every 3DS sold, which will amount to no small sum.

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46 comments
AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Glad to see patent trolls that hold companies to ransom get buried. 

Bye IA labs.

jack_burton9456
jack_burton9456

I didn't understand the title of this article, then I notice who posted this. . . . . What a surprise >_>

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Good for Ninentdo. That's a sweet little victory they've won for themselves there. Poetic justice indeed.

"...Nintendo must pay Tomita a royalty rate of 1.82 percent for every 3DS sold..."

Holy crap! Where can I find this man? I'm going to be his new best friend. :-P

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

At no point did Nintendo use the word "troll," I see Gamespot is resorting to straight falsities to get to click on the articles now.

YoZbaNaToR
YoZbaNaToR

The 3DS has sold 34,890,000 units as of September, 2013.

If each 3DS was sold for a mere 100 bucks, he'll walk out with $3,489,000,000 + $15,100,000.

Guy should put it all in Nintendo and call the shots.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This is just laughable......

We make life hard for opponents who sue us on patent infringement.....

We don't win all our cases.....

We buy failed defunct companies who lose to us....

We respect the Patent rights of others.....not buy that last court case you don't lol

very contradictive this is.....

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

What arrogance! After Nintendo just got wiped down by the camera guys in court, you're going to pump your chest like "Nobody messes with Nintendo in court battles"?! Child please...lol

Prometheus
Prometheus

You're right if you can last longer in court than your opponent.

Alpr1010
Alpr1010

The video - Watched a ps4 ad to watch a wii u ad lol.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Nintendo doesn't win every legal battle, but when they do, they make an example out of their opponent.

King9999
King9999

Don't f*** with Nintendo.

Bbailey81
Bbailey81

Holy crap. Thanks to the December 3DS ruling, Seijiro Tomita stands to make $35.6 million just from US sales alone! O_O

meatz666
meatz666

Eddie, where's your Troll-ticle of the Day?!?

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Pupchu

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ace-meza
ace-meza

is Eddie the only Editor in gamespot ?! 

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

I hope this is a sign of the downfall of patent trolls. Patent trolling is just sick and wrong and doesnt belong in this world.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

would like know what those 1.82% mount to. nice article eddie

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

Troll is. Nintendo is troll. I mean that Wii U has got to be a troll attempt.

Pupchu
Pupchu

"Troll's" patent portfolio... LOL...

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@jack_burton9456 

Hey, welcome to bash-Eddie bandwagon. ;)

Just so you know, people had been bashing Eddie since he was an intern. He has since been promoted to News Editor.

Keep feeding him, dude - you are just helping him keep his job.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@sol_invictus55 @abHS4L88 

Check your facts before you make that fucking convenient allegation, dude. Nintendo did. Check this article - from a year ago, before you joined.

Also, really, abHS4L88, you may not recall that some Nintendo suit said some unsavory things, but he did.

dpadam450
dpadam450

@YoZbaNaToR(34M*100)*.0182 ~ = ~63Million

You are very bad at math they guy isn't going to make 3 billion. Also I would assume he gets net profit of what Nintendo sees from 3DS sales, so maybe he will get a few million.

skabb912
skabb912

@Damnation_6 Good things like that dont happen. We all know they should and we all wish they would but life doesnt work like that. The only way they will go away is if they can make more money doing so than being complete pricks. They know that the best way to make money is screw someone else out of it.

hystavito
hystavito

@Gelugon_baat @jack_burton9456 I don't see why people hate him so much.  I bet many of the same people are probably those who defended or supported the defense of other Gamespot staff in those recent turbulent situations.

MN121MN
MN121MN

@dpadam450 @YoZbaNaToR Nope, net profit's hard to trace from the 3DS sales, it's plain easier if the company pays the man by calculating from the inventory

Bbailey81
Bbailey81

@Micropixel @Bbailey81 I'm referring to the 11.5 Million 3DS sales in the United States. At an average of $170USD, multiply that by .0182, and you get $35.6 million

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@spikepigeo @michalmis  

So? Perhaps you have lofty expectations about "Internet journalism", but I don't.

Also, if you are looking for "meaningful/relevant/important content", you are looking at the wrong thing. Perhaps you should be looking at editorials instead.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Gelugon_baat @hystavito It's a little bit more credible than a fad. Eddie click-baits his titles and then fails to deliver meaningful/relevant/important content in the underlying article. So,basically, he represents the general state of internet journalism today.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@hystavito 

It's a fad, I say. Eddie has pretty much become the next punching-bag at GameSpot. He's the current cool target to slam for lack of "professional journalism".

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@sol_invictus55 

Oh, you are one to talk, sol_invictus55, when I recalled that you have called things out as "rubbish".

sanchango
sanchango

@Bbailey81 @Micropixel if you read the article, the 11.5 million included 3DS, 3DSXL, AND 2DS 

so not all of the 11.5 million are 3DS handhelds.

However, that's not to say he won't get a good sum of money if we take out the 2DS sales.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Pupchu @Dannystaples14 Ohhhh its a snaaaaaaake. Rofl I miss that video.