After four years of litigation, on Thursday, a Dallas court ruled in favor of iLife Technologies to the tune of $10 million against Nintendo.
iLife Technologies accused Nintendo of using its patented technology in the creation of its motion-sensor equipped Wii remote. Originally, that technology was designed to monitor infants and the elderly for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental falls, respectively.
iLife sought a whopping $144 million in damages — that’s $4 for every single one of the roughly 36 million Nintendo systems sold prior to the suit’s filing. The sum they have been awarded may be paltry in comparison, but it still represents a definitive victory against the Japanese entertainment giant.
Nintendo has already asserted their intent to appeal. They categorically deny infringing on the patent and claim that the patent itself is invalid due to being improperly written. Similar cases, where iLife sued both Fitbit and Under Armour on similar pretense, have already been dismissed by the defendants, presumably for an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.
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