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US company Hillcrest sues Nintendo in Wii patent case

US company Hillcrest sues Nintendo in Wii patent case
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First Published: Fri, Aug 22 2008. 12 49 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Aug 22 2008. 12 49 AM IST
Washington: Nintendo Co. Ltd, maker of the top-selling video game console, was sued by a Maryland electronics laboratory that claims its motion-control inventions are being used in the Wii system.
Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. seeks to block imports of the Wii and Wii remotes, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday with the US International Trade Commission in Washington. Hillcrest also filed a civil suit in a federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland.
“We haven’t received any notice of the lawsuit and therefore are not in a position to comment at this time,” Nintendo’s spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said by phone from Kyoto. The company’s shares fell 1.9% to 49,450 yen (Rs19,780) in Osaka trading.
Three of the Hillcrest patents are for motion-control technology and a fourth is for graphicalinterface software used on the television. Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo makes the Wii, a machine that plays games by swinging a motion-sensing controller such as a bat, tennis racket or other items.
Rockville, Maryland-based Hillcrest said it licenses its motion-control technology, called Freespace, to Logitech International SA, Universal Electronics Inc. and other companies.
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First Published: Fri, Aug 22 2008. 12 49 AM IST