Bunch of People Getting Sued by ThinkOptics
Has anybody out there ever heard of a company called ThinkOptics? Well, neither have any of us. But now Nintendo certainly seems to be hearing from them in the form of a lawsuit.
ThinkOptics are going to sue Nintendo over the Wii, citing copyright infringement. The company’ main product is the Wavit remote. The Wavit is essentially a remote control for your computer, letting you select content and adjust volume and zoom with a twist or thrust of the remote. Kind of like a Wii remote, isn’t it?
The patent that ThinkOptics is claiming Nintendo infringed upon is U.S. Patent Number 7,796,116, titled “Electronic equipment for handheld vision based absolute pointing system.” ThinkOptics claims that Nintendo “knew or should have known of the objective risk that one or more of their products infringed at least one claim of at least the ’116 Patent.” They are also including two other patents in this case: Patent 7,852,317 “Handheld Device for Handheld Vision Based Absolute Pointing System” and Patent 7,864,159 “Handheld Vision Based Absolute Pointing System.”
Now this lawsuit is not only about the Wii remote. This lawsuit is about the entire system, the sensor bar, the Wii remotes and even some of the games. ThinkOptics also says that the upcoming Nintendo system Wii U infringes on their patents in some extent.
Along with Nintendo, ThinkOptics is suing some major retailers including Walmart, Gamestop, RadioShack, Imation, Nyko Technologies and JC Penney. The company wants an injunction against violating products along with royalties, attorney’s fees and damages for lost for lost profits.
While many of you may be laughing at the idea of this company no one has heard of taking on Nintendo but with the court that ThinkOptics chose, they may have a chance.
ThinkOptics has taken their case to the court in Marshall, Texas. This court seems to be a haven for patent cases, since the judges and juries there seem to favor the plaintiff in these cases. Some years ago Intel got sued in Marshall and ended up paying out $150 million to the plaintiff.
So far, a jury trial has been requested.