Wii U the subject of latest Nintendo patent suit

Nintendo is facing another patent lawsuit, this time from a company that claims the Wii U infringes on its patent for a "multiscreen personal computer display method apparatus."

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Nintendo is embroiled in yet another patent infringement suit, this time over the touch screen display of the Wii U. The Texas company Secure Axcess has filed the suit over a patent it filed in 2000 covering a "multiscreen personal computer display method apparatus."

The Southeast Texas Record (via Polygon) reports that the company's suit alleges that Wii U infringes on the patent. It has also fanned out to various retailers like GameStop, Target, and Amazon for selling the device "without license or authorization." The plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages, costs, and interest. A jury trial is planned.

Nintendo is quickly becoming an old hand at patent litigation. In the past several years it has gone to court for controllers in general, the Wii remote in particular, the balance board, and most recently, the 3DS screen. In the course of the balance board suit, Nintendo senior VP of general counsel Rick Flamm was pretty frank, stating, "We refuse to succumb to patent trolls."

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    April 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Wii U the subject of latest Nintendo patent suit.

    Nintendo is facing another patent lawsuit, this time from a company that claims the Wii U infringes on its patent for a "multiscreen personal computer display method apparatus."

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      April 21, 2014 1:11 PM

      I can't see this succeeding, I think the patent troll is going to get blown out of the water on this one. I'm pretty sure that multiscreen displays existed before 2000.

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      April 21, 2014 1:33 PM

      http://www.google.com/patents/US6522309

      This reads an awful lot like another patent I read about a long while back. I want to say it was an Apple patent, but was something about how documents opened on multiple screens and changed the focus intelligently and on-the-fly.

      Unless there's something very specific about the approach, or method, I'd say that any program that was able to directly utilize two monitors should count as prior art to what I've read so far. The application was filed in 2000, so it does predate the DS.

      hmmm

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      April 21, 2014 1:46 PM

      I hope to god they don't sue Sega for the dreamcast controller too! it has a screen on it!

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      April 21, 2014 2:26 PM

      I have a patent on displaying words on a computer screen. I'm suing 5 billion people and every company ever.

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      April 21, 2014 3:53 PM

      There's prior art. Video cards as early as the late 90's that supported dual monitors.

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      April 21, 2014 7:45 PM

      Patent trolls and other frivolous lawsuit bringers can die in a fire as far as I'm concerned. Go find a way to make money that isn't just being a parasite on the backs of the people who actually do something worthwhile.

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        April 22, 2014 6:20 AM

        They should make the patent trolls pay for (at least) x4 the ammount they wanted to get out of the company.

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      April 22, 2014 6:46 AM

      I can't believe I'm actually thinking about being a patent lawyer.