The Nintendo Wii was one of the most popular consoles of all time, but it seems that the idea of the Wii Remote was stolen. Nintendo Wii’s success was not due to incredibly original games or impressive graphics, but to the fact that it invites you to move. If you wanted to play tennis, boxing or bowling, you would have to lose a significant amount of calories by putting your hands in front of the TV. These movements were not recorded by a Kinect sensor, but by Wii Remote loaded with motion sensors.
It seems, however, that the idea behind the controllers that led to the popularization of that console was stolen. At least this is the conclusion of a tribunal in Dallas, United States of America. A jury has determined that Nintendo has to pay $10 million to US company iLife Technologies in a lawsuit filed in 2013 for breach of patents. Initially, iLife hoped to get no less than $144 million, four dollars for each of the 36 million Wii consoles sold.
As a reference, the entire mechanism that was used in the levers delivered with a Wii console was developed and patented by iLife Technologies long before being “borrowed” by Nintendo. Its original purpose was to monitor elderly people who often risked falling babies with health problems during sleep. Predictably, that process lost by Nintendo comes bundled and with a ban to stop using the technology.
According to Nintendo, the patent was incorrectly drafted and should be classified as invalid. The Japanese plan to appeal the decision of the Dallas tribunal, although it is unlikely to come forward with convincing arguments.
In other news, at the same time that the Nintendo case was filed, iLife Technologies initiated lawsuits against Fitbit and Under Armor. The subject matter of the trials was the same in the Nintendo case, but they were settled outside the court by financial dealings that were not made public.