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Nintendo Escapes Patent Infringement Claim Over Controllers

July 31, 2020, 1:53 PM

Nintendo Co. defeated a claim in Seattle federal court that its Wii, Wii U, and Switch controllers infringed a patent related to synchronizing data streams.

The video game maker has previously defeated patent claims related to its controllers in Texas and at the International Trade Commission.

Genuine Enabling Technology LLC argued Nintendo’s controllers infringe its U.S. Patent No. 6,219,730, covering a user-input device—like a video-game controller—that encodes and synchronizes the transmission of two different types of data to prevent it from being corrupted.

GET argued that Nintendo’s controllers infringed the patent by combining the transmission of “slow-varying” signals from...

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