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Court dismisses Wii patent-infrigement lawsuit

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Nintendo has prevailed in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving the Wii today when a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit in favor of gaming company.

The lawsuit, brought on by Copper Innovations Group, LLC., had alleged that the Wii console and its controllers infringed on one of its patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,640,152). Judge David Cercone of the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh granted summary judgment in Nintendo's favor and ruled that there was no need for a jury trial.

"We are very pleased with the court's decision," said Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel Richard Medway. "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

He added: "We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent, despite the risks that this policy entails. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of our legal team."

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