You may remember back in 2007 when Fenner Investments Ltd. sued Nintendo for “patent infringement”, claiming that it violated their patent for a “low-voltage joystick port interface”. Well, Nintendo is finally in the clear.
This very vague patent seems to cover pretty much any joystick with an analog stick in it, and was patented in 1998 long after Nintendo started using analog sticks, so it’s not surprising that the case ended this way. The same dismissal is likely for many of the other companies that were sued by Fenner Investments, including Nokia, Cisco, Alcatel, and Ericsson (back in 2006) as well as Microsoft and Sony for the same “offense” that Nintendo has committed.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President, Legal & General Counsel. “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent, despite the risks that this policy entails. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of our legal team, which represented us so well.”