Nintendo wins court appeal over Wii motion-tracking patents

wiiThe United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of Nintendo, upholding a previous decision that video game giant did not infringe upon motion-tracking patents held by Ohio-based Motiva LLC.

Back to 2008, Motiva accused Nintendo of infringing on two patents it held for “Human Movement Measurement System,” and it claimed that importing the Wii into the U.S. would hurt the domestic industry.

However, the U.S. International Trade Commission, which deals with technology patent disputes, ruled in favor of Nintendo in January 2012. And today, a three-judge panel reaffirmed that decision, saying that there was not enough evidence that Motiva was to release a product incorporating the patented technology.

“We are very pleased with this result,” Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel, said in a press release. “The court confirmed that Motiva’s sole activity, litigation against Nintendo, did not satisfy the ITC’s domestic industry requirement.”

Nintendo’s original Wii console, released in 2006, actually outsold its younger sibling in the March quarter — with 450,000 shipments worldwide for the Wii, compared to fewer than 400,000 for the Wii U.

That adds up to about 850,000 consoles between the Wii and the Wii U for the quarter. By comparison, Microsoft last week reported 1.3 million Xbox 360s sold worldwide during the same period.

Nintendo of America is based in Redmond.

Previously on GeekWire: Nintendo courts smartphone apps, stays away from smartphones