Nintendo sued for patent concerning Wii U

Posted on April 21, 2014 - 11:20am by Patrick Breeden

Nintendo is facing a lawsuit over the Wii U and its Gamepad.

Secure Axcess, A Texas-based company that is “dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents” and a subsidiary of Prism Technologies LLC, is suing Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co.(ie. et al) for allegedly violating a patent concerning the use of multiple screen displays for a computer device.

According to the patent, the abstract idea behind this technology involves displaying a document on a primary screen and showing an “absolute copy” of the document on a secondary screen.

“A computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document. The computer is a singular processed video data signal source which presents a primary monitor with current video data. A user selected video screen sample of the current processed video data signal is diverted to this invention where it is stored in a memory. Subsequently the stored video screen sample of the processed video data signal is read-out of the memory and reconstituted as an absolute copy of the original processed video data signal and concurrently presented on a secondary monitor,” the document reads.

The patent was filed on Feb. 28, 2000 and published on Feb. 18, 2003. The inventor is listed as Harold J. Weber. Weber has an extended list of patents including a universal TV remote patent filed in 2007 that eerily resembles TV remotes used by major companies like DirecTV and Dish Network for years.

Secure Axcess is also suing major retailers such as GameStop, Amazon, Target and Best Buy for selling the console “without license or authorization.” The company is seeking “compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief.”

Since the patent holds rights over a video device that processes, stores and then sends a video signal to a secondary monitor, other second screen technology could be in legal danger if Nintendo were to lose this lawsuit. PlayStation’s Remote Play and DirecTV Everywhere’s in-home streaming could potentially be in violation.

This patent suit is the latest in a string of patent suits against Nintendo. The company went to trial in 2013 over its use of 3D and lost. Nintendo was ordered to pay 1.82 percent of wholesale for every console sold. The company also faced suits over the Wii controller, the Wii balance board and the microprocessors used in the 3DS and DSi.

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