Nintendo loses controller case

Anascape trial jury finds Mario Factory infringed on patents, levies $21 million fine.


Back in August 2006, Texas-based gaming company Anascape filed suits for patent infringement against both Microsoft and Nintendo.

Almost two years later, an East Texas jury has found in favour of Anascape and ordered Nintendo of America to cough up $21 million, reports the Associated Press. The jury agreed that Nintendo infringed upon one of Anascape's patents in the designs of its Wii Classic, Wavebird, and GameCube controllers.

Nintendo spokesperson Charlie Scibetta said that the company would appeal and that it was expecting the award to be "significantly reduced." He added that the company was pleased that no infringement had been found for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

According to the AP, which sources local newspaper The Lufkin Daily News, Anascape's suit against Microsoft was settled out of court before the Nintendo trial, although terms of the settlement were not made public.

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