Nintendo Loses Lawsuit: Ordered To Pay $10 Million

Nintendo is planning to appeal.

By LazerHoots, Posted 05 Sep 2017

The Wii may be outdated and irrelevant, but just this week, a case has come to a close at a District Court in Dallas, Texas, for Nintendo allegedly infringing on patented motion-detection technology by the company iLife and incorporating it into the Wii Remote. After a four-year court case (the lawsuit was initially filed in 2013) the jury has ruled against Nintendo, ordering them to pay $10 Million USD.


iLife is a company that produces monitors that watch infants and the elderly. The company has claimed that Nintendo has used their accelerometer technology (which is used to detect motion, an example of this is if an elderly person falls, the accelerometer will be able to identify the incident and alert those with access to the monitor) to create the motion sensing Wii Remotes.

The Wii had garnered a lot of attention from consumers and companies alike. There have been many lawsuits over the years against the Nintendo Wii, all of which were claims of patented technology infringement. Nintendo won, settled, and even lost a couple of these varying lawsuits. This includes one for their 3DS and its “3D but without the glasses” screens.

The following statement was released by Nintendo: "On Aug. 31, 2017, a jury in Texas found that certain Wii and Wii U video game systems and software bundles infringed a patent belonging to iLife Technologies Inc. related to detecting if a person has fallen down. The jury awarded iLife $10 million in damages. Nintendo disagrees with the decision, as Nintendo does not infringe iLife's patent and the patent is invalid. Nintendo looks forward to raising those issues with the district court and with the court of appeals." iLife had wanted $144 million for any applicable damages.

One of iLife's baby monitors
One of iLife's baby monitors and cameras with included sensors

Nintendo plans to appeal, as the company will not settle and give up without a fight. Even though this case has been in effect since 2013. Considering the Nintendo Switch console warp debacle, they could really use a win.

Jessica Wells, NoobFeed

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