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Nintendo to appeal Philips patent infringement ruling

Company releases official statement as Wii Remote is deemed to be in violation

Nintendo UK has confirmed that the UK Patent Court found has ruled that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote infringe two Philips Electronic patents and has issued a statement addressing the ruling.

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"On 20 June 2014, following a trial heard before Mr Justice Birss, the UK Patents Court found that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote infringe two patents ('498 and '650) asserted against Nintendo by Philips Electronics," it explained in a statement given to GI.biz.

Nintendo has stated its intention to appeal the decision and pursue the matter further. It has also said it will strive to ensure it is able to continue offering games and hardware as normal.

"Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgement does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business.

"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

Philips spokesperson Bjorn Teuwsen previously said the dispute was over "a patent for motion, gesture and pointing control that we make available to manufacturers of set-top boxes and games consoles through a licensing programme".

"We'd been trying to come to a licencing agreement with Nintendo since 2011, but since it didn't work out we started legal action in Germany and the UK in 2012, France in 2013 and in the US last month," Teuwsen said.

Philips has requested "fair compensation" for Nintendo's alleged use of its patents, but Teuwsen declined to give any financial specifics.

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