Nintendo ordered to pay $10M to iLife in patent infringement suit

Nintendo ordered to pay $10M to iLife in patent infringement suit

The American arm of mobile video game giant Nintendo suffered a tough legal blow on Thursday when a jury in Dallas, Texas, ruled that Nintendo of America infringed on iLife’s patented technology.

The jury also awarded $10 million to iLife. The patent in question is iLife’s motion-sensing accelerometer technology that Nintendo used in its Wii Remote controllers.

The patented technology was designed by iLife to detect when an elderly individual fell as well as to monitor babies for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The suit was filed in 2013. iLife sought $144 million in damages along with an injunction against the use of the technology by Nintendo.

Insisting that it did not infringe on any of iLife’s technologies, Nintendo said it would appeal the ruling.

At the time, iLife also filed patent infringement suits against some other companies, including Under Armour and Fitbit. But suits against both of these companies were dismissed by the parties and presumably settled out of court.


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