IA Labs brought a suit against Nintendo in 2010, claiming that the company’s Wii console violated two of IA’s patents. Nintendo was unwilling to bow to pressure, and took the lawsuit to trial. When Nintendo won both at the original trial which wrapped up in 2012 and at appeal in 2013, IA was ordered to pay the company’s legal fees. By then, IA couldn’t afford it, and Nintendo picked up the entire patent portfolio at a sheriff’s sale as partial repayment for litigation costs.
So now, Nintendo owns IA’s entire patent portfolio, meaning that patent troll will troll no more.
“Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent. This includes holding those who sue Nintendo responsible for the costs and expenses incurred in patent litigation,” Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel said in a press release. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”