Anascape, Ltd. v. Nintendo of America, Inc.

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Anascape, Ltd. v. Nintendo of America, Inc was a court case held in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by judge Ron Clark. Started in 2006, Amascape, Ltd sued Nintendo of America for violating the controller patents with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, WaveBird Wireless Controller, and the Nintendo GameCube Controller. Anascape compared Nintendo's controller patents with the twelve following patents:

  • "Variable Conductance Sensor" (Patent #5999084)
  • "Game Controller with Analog Pressure Sensor" (Patent #6102802)
  • "Variable Conductance Sensor with Elastomeric Dome Cap" (Patent #6135886)
  • "Remote Controller with Analog Button" (Patent #6208271)
  • "Image Controller with Sheet Connected Sensors" (Patent #6222535)
  • "Game Control with Analog Pressure Sensor" (Patent #6343991)
  • "Variable Sensor with Tactile Feedback" (Patent #6344791)
  • "Analog Controls Housed with Electronic Displays" (Patent #6347997)
  • "Variable Conductance Sensor" (again) (Patent #6351205)
  • "Remote Controller with Analog Pressure Sensor" (Patent #6400303)
  • "Analog Sensor with Snap Through Tactile Feedback" (Patent #6563415)
  • "3D Controller with Vibration" (Patent #6906700)

Nintendo lost the case in 2008 due to the Wii Classic Controller, WaveBird, and the Nintendo GameCube Controller having patent infringement; owing Anascape twenty-one million dollars. However, Nintendo appealed the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in April 13, 2010, Nintendo won the case and the decision was reversed.


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