Philips seeks Wii U ban after it claims Nintendo copied patents

Electronics giant claims Nintendo broke two US patents, seeks damages, a trial, and the removal of the console from sale.

Philips has launched a lawsuit against Nintendo in the US, and is asking for the Wii U to be removed from sale.

The electronics giant alleges that the Mario maker copied two of its technology patents. The first bit of code can mirror a user's real-life actions inside a game, with the second patent revolving around an input system featuring a pointing device.

"Philips has engaged in the field of applied electronics and has conducted research in areas relating to visual representation of spatial processes and to automatic processes," reads the claims of the legalese-heavy lawsuit.

"The present patents-in-suit stem from these fields of research and development and claims protection for an interactive system for which a user can remotely control devices in an intuitive manner. Such intuitive remote control mechanisms are used in present-day home video game consoles."

Philips says it has contacted Nintendo as far back as 2011 about the first patent, and that the company is aware of its second alleged infringement.

Philips is asking for a block on all sales of the Wii U and other allegedly infringing Nintendo hardware, (likely substantial) damages, and for everything to be decided with a trial by jury.

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153 comments
jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

If they had a patent, how come we have not seen anything like this come from Phillips? I'm calling bullcrap without further proof. Innocent until proven guilty.

nintendians
nintendians

this is the reason why Nintendo doesn't to partner with Philips, cause Philips is crap.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Here's a great excuse for Nintendo to discontinue the Wii U and make a real console.

venderhain
venderhain

Nintendo had game controllers that worked by pointing at the screen all the way back in the 'Duck Hunt' days. They should sue Philips for patently infringing on Nintendo's patent.

theAllez99
theAllez99

I will NEVER buy ANYTHING from Philips, that's for goddamn sure!

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Oh, gimme a break, Philips... someone is about to get humiliated in court with ridiculous allegations.

Gallanteer
Gallanteer

Talk about kicking someone when they're down.....

corrus
corrus

Wii U brings to Nintendo bad luck LOL

gruntboy116
gruntboy116

That is stupid I didn't even read the whole article because I stopped at "asking for the Wii U to be removed from sale"

I still need to get one so I can play monster hunter 3!.

Yamitora1
Yamitora1

Why is this just Nintendo, this sounds like something Sony and Microsoft has done as well.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

Since philips haven't really done anything else since 1990 they decided - "Hey, what if we sued Nintendo over this patents we got here? They use a stylus after all!"

Sento_brean
Sento_brean

says the guys who made nintendo games without nintendo's consent because of a legal loophole.

deadpen
deadpen

Damn Philips how long ago did the wii come out, and you are just now wanting to do something about it? 

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Have fun getting humiliated, Philips.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Nintendo has a huge team of lawyers to fight this. But Philips is a huge company, so Nintendo could be in trouble.

Giarccpsn
Giarccpsn

Yeah right, Philips that power house console maker. 

Wildwolf124
Wildwolf124

lol this is just a cash grab from a company no one cares about. With that first patent, sounds like the kenect as well. Wanna take on MS too Philips? And the input featuring a pointing device? you mean a stylis? If so might as well sue ever touchscreen focused devices. Wanna take on Apple Philips? lol this is such BS Nintendo's safe with this one xD

angeloti83
angeloti83

Nintendo is sooo screwed!! this is their worst console ever! it doesn´t sell well and now it might get banned. :(

ccgod
ccgod

pretty sure they don't need help they're not selling anyway lol

vader501st
vader501st

A trial by combat would be way more kickass.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Nintendo should counter-sue them for disgracing Mario and Zelda franchises on the Phillips CD-i.

H0M3RC1D4L
H0M3RC1D4L

This lawsuit...from the same company that released to "DOA" console system called 3DO. Can't make it on your own in the games space? File lawsuits against those who can. That must be their mantra.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Sounds like a cash grab, guess Philips bank account is running alittle low :P.
 

You have a patient on inputs requiring pointing devices ?, Wouldnt the original Wii breach such a patent with its controller ?. Why are we only hearing about this now ?.

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

"The first bit of code can mirror a user's real-life actions inside a game, with the second parent revolving around an input system featuring a pointing device."


C'mon Philips, don't you think it's a bit late to be coming down on anybody for this? LOL


The motion controlled fad seems to have died down considerably... to my great satisfaction.

skullscience77
skullscience77

"The first bit of code can mirror a user's real-life actions inside a game,".  erm, sorry, doesn't this describe Kinect?  Or Move on PS3?  Jog on you greedy bastards Philips!!!  That patent would involve suing hundreds of organisations now there are so many pieces of hardware that use motion control with and without a pointer. I sniff an agenda!!  The same month Mario Kart 8 is released!! Coincidence?

brxricano
brxricano

They want blood for the CDi fail. BLOOD!!!

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

@venderhain And the Magnavox Oddysey (first home video game console) had a light gun. Sure, it was the most primitive thing ever and you could literally point it at a light bulb and rack up lots of points, but still. Hell, there were electronic shooting gallery type arcade things around before that.

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

@tendoboy1984 Meh, prior arts is prior arts, even in the U.S.S.A. its gonna result in absolutely **** all repercussions for anyone involved on either side with some lawyers lining their pockets and laughing all the way to the bank. Business as usual, basically.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@angeloti83  Nintendo is sooo screwed!! this is their best console ever! it doesn't sell well and now it might get banned. :(


fixed!

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

The Wii U is far from the worst console ever. Virtual Boy was the worst.

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

@skullscience77  Philips can use that "first bit of code" to mirror my real-life action of pimp-slapping them for contributing to the motioned-controlled generation.

H0M3RC1D4L
H0M3RC1D4L

Was grasping for the name, but same difference. Very poorly designed, didn't sell well, too expensive but somehow they are going to claim patents on anything and everything videogame related. Pathetic!

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@byzantine_chant @skullscience77  fortunately even if it does sound like something MS and Sony have also done I don't think Phillips has the balls to take them on xD especially a company as big as MS they would just get chewed up, spit out and rubbed away into the ground lol

rexomnipotentus
rexomnipotentus

@YearoftheSnake5 @rexomnipotentus@Chico86_basic They haven't waited ten years.Look at the patent (http://www.google.com/patents/US8537231) and you will noticed that the patent has been pulished on 17 september 2013. So the patent has only been active for about half a year.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@H0M3RC1D4L  hahahahaah is this the same philips that made the best zelda and hotel mario games ? hahahhah