Nintendo's just provided an update for an ongoing count battle related to their Wii Fit Balance Board and Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus software. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld the lower court's ruling that Nintendo did not infringe upon their patent and that all of Nintendo's attorneys' fees will have to be paid back. That's about $236,000. I'm no lawyer, but I'm betting this probably isn't the end of this. Appeals for appeals and such.
If my cursory research is correct, the original case was decided in March of 2012 when a US District Court judge from Maryland dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit brought about by IA Labs CA, LLC against Nintendo. IA Labs alleged that the Wii Fit Balance Board and the associated game software infringed on its patent (Patent No. 7,121,982).
Normally I'd skipped over this news story, but there's something notable I think is worth mentioning. Wii Fit U was originally planned for release during the Wii U's launch window, which ended in March, but was oddly delayed until December this year. At first I thought it was just Nintendo posturing for a solid holiday season for the Wii U, but actually it could be that they were waiting for this case to wrap up. Or maybe both? Worth thinking about.
Anyway, good on Nintendo for not giving in to patent trolls and winning one for video games. Cheers, Nintendo! Bring on Wii Fit U, I'm getting chubby waiting.