Monday, July 28, 2008

Nintendo Controllers Could Face Ban

After losing a patent infringement case this recent May filed by Texas-based company Anascape in 2006, Nintendo's signature controllers could face a potential ban, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The following controllers are facing a potential halt in sales: Wii Classic Controller, Wii Nunchuk, GameCube controller, and GameCube Wavebird wireless controller. Nintendo requested another trial last week, but a Texas judge denied it. If the ban was to be issued, it wouldn't be in effect until an appeal by Nintendo on the original ruling was resolved. Bloomberg also reports that Nintendo could evade the ban by posting a bond into an escrow account.

In the original suit, Anascape stated that Nintendo violated their company's several technology patents that include vibration feedback, analog sensors and more controller applicable functions. Anascape also sued Microsoft with the same charges. Nintendo was ordered to give a $21 million fine after losing the case in May.

GameSpot: Nintendo Controllers Facing Possible Ban

Bloomberg: Nintendo Faces Ban on Some Wii, GameCube Controllers

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