Nintendo’s woes continue. Phillips has filed a patent infringement suit against Nintendo. Their claims focus around motion-controlled consoles and peripherals including the Wii U and its accessories.
Specifically, the suit claims infringement of Phillips “Virtual Body Control Device” and “User Interface System Based on Pointing Device” patents. The second patent covers a “user interaction system comprising of a portable pointing device connected to a camera and sending pictures to a digital signal processor, capable of recognizing an object and a command given by the user by moving the pointing device in a specific way, and controlling an electrical apparatus on the basis of this recognition.”
GameInformer reports that Phillips claims Nintendo was aware of these patents as early as December 2011.
What does Philips want? They are seeking damages for the infringement and interest. Phillips is also seeking to ban sales of the Wii U in the U.S. Cue jokes about Wii U’s terrible sales.
How will this end up? Well, if Nintendo thinks Phillips has any ground to stand on, they’re going to want to settle. Sales of the Wii U are bad, but some sales are better than none. We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.