Nintendo announced today that they have won in court against a lawsuit on Mii characters.
If you are unfamiliar with the lawsuit, a company named RecogniCorp, LLC tried in 2011 to claim a patent on Nintendo’s Mii characters, which are essentially the avatars players use on Nintendo’s products, including the Wii, Wii U, 3DS, and Switch consoles. The claim was that Nintendo’s Mii characters were similar to the description of police sketches of suspects. Nintendo won the case back on April 28th, 2017.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance. “The decision marks another case in which Nintendo’s unique ideas overcame unjustified threats of patent infringement. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products and we will continue to vigorously defend all our products from meritless patent lawsuits.”
This isn’t the first lawsuit against Nintendo. The most recent one was filed all the way back in 2013, with Seijiro Tomita suing Nintendo for allegedly stealing his glasses-less 3D design. He actually won this case at first, and Nintendo was ordered to pay $30.2 million dollars in damages. However, Nintendo appealed the ruling, and ended up winning the appeal a few years later, in March of 2017.