Nintendo has deflected another patent infringement suit against its Wii console and related peripherals. The suit by IA Labs, LLC alleged that Wii Fit's Balance Board used in combination with the Wii Remote infringed on its patent for "an isometric exercise system" with multiple sensors used in a virtual reality scenario.
The case was filed in 2010 and dismissed in March 2012 by a Maryland District Court judge, then dismissed once more by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this month. It's been a good few weeks for Nintendo's legal team, which saw another case threatening to halt Wii imports into the U.S. thrown out in May.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel, in a statement. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent.”
IA Labs will be required to pay Nintendo more than $236,000 in attorney's fees.