Nintendo is no stranger to being used by companies over apparent ‘copyright infringements.’ It’s happened on many occasions in the past, and now the Big N has to deal with it yet again.
Rolling Stone has released a report that American company iLife Technologies sued Nintendo back in 2013 over the accelerometer technology found in the Wii Remote, claiming that Nintendo infringed on one of its motion technology patents. The case was appealed by Nintendo, but now a jury from the U.S. Court of Appeals found Nintendo guilty of infringing on iLife’s patent. This would award iLife a whopping 10 million dollars. The fight doesn’t appear to be over just yet, though. Nintendo can still issue another appeal.
If the case does completely go in favor of iLife and Nintendo has to pay out the money, it wouldn’t be a huge deal. Nintendo’s overall value is in the tens of billions, so $10M is an issue, but not a big one. Still, it seems like Nintendo has to deal with cases like these at least every few months. Nintendo has even already had a lawsuit brought against it over the detachable design of the Switch Joy-Cons. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how this situation between iLife and Nintendo fully comes to a close.