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« on: May 15, 2008, 08:29:38 PM »

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Quote from: News.com
"Nintendo has been ordered to pay $21 million to a Texas company in a suit involving patents used in technology behind the company's Wii and GameCube systems, the Associated Press reported.

Anascape, a Lufkin, Texas-based company, sued Nintendo in 2006. A federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in Anascape's favor on Wednesday.

A Nintendo representative told the AP that the company plans to appeal the verdict and expects the judgment to be reduced.

According to court documents, Anascape had asserted that Nintendo's Wii Remote, Wii Classic, and Wii Nunchuk controllers, along with the Game Cube controller, U.S. Patent No. 6,906,700, which describes a "3D controller with vibration" and was filed in November 2000."

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 12:52:25 AM »

This patent is bogus.  Looking at claim 1:

Code:
1. A 3-D graphics controller used with a television based game, comprising:
a game,
said game at least in part controlled by circuitry,
said circuitry located on at least one sheet,
said at least one sheet comprising:
a circuit board sheet connected to a flexible membrane sheet;

Translation : A video game controller

Code:
a first element structured to activate four unidirectional sensors,
said four unidirectional sensors at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said four unidirectional sensors useful to control said game;

Translation: with a D-pad

Code:
a second element with structure to activate a first two rotary potentiometers,
said first two rotary potentiometers at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said first two rotary potentiometers useful to control said game;

Translation: and an analog stick

Code:
a third element with structure to activate a second two rotary potentiometers,
said second two rotary potentiometers at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said second two rotary potentiometers useful to control said game;

Translation: and another analog stick

Code:
an independent first button structured to activate a first button sensor,
said first button depressible by a single finger of a user,
said first button sensor at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said first button sensor creates simple switched On/Off data useful to control said game;

Translation: and a button

Code:
an independent pivotal second button structured to activate a second button sensor,
said second button pivots upon depression by a single finger of the user,
said second button sensor at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said second button sensor capable of outputing a proportional signal useful to control said game;

Translation: and a trigger

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an independent pivotal third button structured to activate a third button sensor,
said third button pivotal upon depression by a single finger of the user,
said third button sensor at least in part connected to said at least one sheet,
said third button sensor capable of outputing a proportional signal useful to control said game;

Translation: and another trigger

Code:
active tactile feedback vibration detectable by the user of said game.

Translation: and a rumble feature.

They've just described the DualShock controller, released over two years before the patent was filed.

The rest of the claims are very similar.  Interestingly, the narrative of the patent and figures don't really relate to these claims at all.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 09:13:26 AM »

G4 reported today that the court found in favor of the plaintiffs only with respect to the Gamecube, Wavebird, and Wii Classic controllers, not the Wii remote or Nunchuck.

This same company also tried this same crap with Microsoft over XBox controllers, but that suit was settled (amount undisclosed).
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 11:42:25 AM »

as usual then...someone is trying to make some money...
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 06:01:11 PM »

This ir ridiculous.

I could file a patent saying: "Commercial vehicle to the moon". Bam. Every commercial vehicle to the moon would have to pay me royalties.

Nintendo done it. And so the patent should be theirs.
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