Wii & Wii U One Step Closer to Being Pulled from UK Shelves - News

By Patrick Day-Childs, June 23, 2014
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Nintendo have been engaged in a fierce legal battle with Philips for some time now, with the latter claiming that Nintendo infringed some of their patents.

The most recent court ruling on the matter has gone in Philips' favour in two instances. Ultimately the end-game would be that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote would all be taken off the UK market, although such cases are typically settled out of court or the rulings overturned in higher courts long before they reach such points.

In a statement following the ruling, Nintendo signalled its intention to appeal the decision:

"On 20th June 2014, following a trial heard before Mr Justice Birss, the UK Patents Court found that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote infringe two patents ('498 and '650) asserted against Nintendo by Philips Electronics. The '498 and '650 patents were held to be invalid as originally granted, but Philips Electronics were permitted to make validating amendments during the course of the litigation.

A further patent ('484) was asserted by Philips Electronics but was found to be invalid.

Nintendo firmly believes that the amended '498 and '650 patents are invalid and intends to seek permission to appeal Mr Justice Birss' judgement.

Philips Electronics has yet to make clear whether it intends to seek permission to appeal any part of the judgement.

Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgement does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business.

Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

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