In wrestling, there’s a common phrase often thrown about when someone reaches the top of the game and becomes a champion, that the hunter becomes the hunted.
It would seem that such a notion holds true in the video game industry as well, though it’s not contenders such as Sony and Microsoft who act as the greatest nuisance to Nintendo, but people who continually file lawsuits that state Nintendo ripped them off in some way or another. The latest to sue Nintendo is the Maryland-based Hillcrest Labs, who believe the Wii remote uses some of their technology, of which they have 29 patents:
“While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this action to protect its intellectual property rights,” according to a statement. — AFP
Also strange, yet not unusual in these parts is the reply from Nintendo:
“We have not been served with any lawsuit or other action by Hillcrest and therefore have no comment.” — Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America spokesperson
I don’t know, I thought there were people in some sort of patent office or something who were supposed to keep this kind of thing from happening.