August 20, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Oh-no-they-didn’t! Just when you were starting to find Wii consoles in local stores, Hillcrest Labs wants to take that magic away.
The company just announced that they are taking legal action to keep the Wii out of the U.S. The company is claiming patent infringement. Their statement said:
“Hillcrest Labs has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Nintendo related to the Wii video game system.”
Hillcrest holds U.S. patents 7,158,118, 7,262,760, and 7,414,611, all of which involve a handheld 3-D pointing device. They also have no. 7,139,983, which “relates to a navigation interface display system that graphically organizes content for display on a television.” Overall, the company has about 29 patents in this area, with more than 100 more pending.
Many companies, including UEI and Logitech, have licensed Hillcrest’s technology. Guess who isn’t one of them? The company says they have love for Nintendo, but not its freewheeling ways. They aren’t making any other comments at this time.
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