Philips Electronics NV scores a United Kingdom court victory against Nintendo, one of four fronts in a global patent infringement scuffle over the motion sensing and gesture tracking control technologies used in the Wii and Wii U consoles.
The Dutch electronics giant alleged that Nintendo infringed on three of its patents concerning "interactive virtual modelling products", "human-computer interaction features", and a "Virtual Body Control Device." The U.K. court ruling today concluded that Nintendo had indeed infringed on the first two patents, but not the third.
Philips began legal action against Nintendo in the U.K. and Germany back in 2012 when it determined that the console giant was infringing on its patents "with specific intent or willful blindness." This was followed by complaints filed in France in 2013, and most recently the U.S. last month.
Philips has not elaborated on what it will be seeking from Nintendo outside of "fair compensation" as a result of the U.K. court ruling in its favor; Judge Colin Birss is expected to issue an order on the actual damages next month. Nintendo meanwhile maintains the two patents mentioned in the U.K. court ruling are invalid, and has already confirmed it will appeal the decision.