It was not only Apple and Samsung who had locked horns in an unending fight of lawsuits. Nintendo has been battling a six-year long fight with an American company, and now they may finally be able to walk away from a patent dispute over its Mii characters.
The battle began in 2011, when the American company RecogniCorp sued Nintendo, claiming that Nintendo had infringed its patented technology for producing and storing police sketch-artist data.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the invalidation of a patent under the Alice standard, upholding a previous decision resulting in a win for Nintendo. The lawsuit claims the technology that is used to store Nintendo’s Mii characters, uses the same techniques described in its patent for making police sketches of suspects. A federal judge ruled against the claim and in Nintendo's favor, reasoning that mathematical operations cannot be patented.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision. The decision marks another case in which Nintendo’s unique ideas overcame unjustified threats of patent infringement,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance.
"Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products and we will continue to vigorously defend all our products from meritless patent lawsuits," said Singh.
Oddly enough for Nintendo, luck has graced its side, considering the long history of the company’s patent lawsuits and appeals. Last year, an appeals court judge overturned a USD 30.2 million lawsuit involving, Seijiro Tomita, an inventor for Sony. He had claimed Nintendo had infringed on his 3D display technology when making the Nintendo 3DS. Although the ruling was initially made against Nintendo, the appeals judge sided with Nintendo.