Nintendo and HTC have both landed a win against patent trolls, thanks to a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The two companies were included in a massive ruling by the commission, which held that complaints of patent infringement from a trio of patent trolls over a patent for a “High performance microprocessor having variable speed system clock” didn’t have merit.
“We are very pleased with the commission’s determination, which confirmed the judge’s finding that Nintendo’s products do not infringe the asserted patent,” Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel, said in a statement. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, including cases in the ITC, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent.”
HTC was similarly pleased with the decision, saying in a statement emailed to GeekWire that the company respects other companies’ intellectual property, but will continue to fight “unwarranted patent infringement lawsuits,” especially when they are brought by patent trolls.
The decision is a nice win for the two companies, which have both been busy with their patent portfolio in the past couple months. Last month, Nintendo was awarded IA Labs’s patent portfolio as payment for its win against the patent troll the previous year. HTC, meanwhile, recently settled all of its patent litigation with Nokia, and the two companies formed an agreement to share their patents with one another and collaborate on developing new technologies.
The full text of the ITC’s ruling is embedded below.