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Sony Saves Nintendo in Court

PlayStation LifeStyle elaborated on Engadget’s news that Nintendo has finally won it’s court battle with Anascape Ltd (a company Engadget calls a ‘patent troll’), who claimed Nintendo infringed on patent number 6,906,700, which is a patent describing a game controller with vibration feedback, etc. (it goes into a lot of detail, so be sure to check it out).

Nintendo was originally accused of infringement based off of the GameCube controller, WaveBird and Wii Classic Controller. Microsoft was sued as well, but settled out of court. Nintendo originally lost, and was ordered to pay $21 million. After a few appeals, they finally won, and that is all thanks to Sony.

The original patent was filed in 2000 and awarded in 2006. The problem is, the patent is a “continuation-in-part” patent, adding to a previous one, 6,222,525, but since the ‘525’ patent isn’t in support of ‘700’, products who used the technology between the filing year of patent 525 (1996) and patent ‘700’ (2000) are considered “prior art”, thus would nullify claims based solely on patent ‘700’.

The reason Nintendo wound up winning, despite all three devices being released after 2000? The original DualShock, released in 1998. Prior art. Nintendo gets away with it, thanks to Sony.