Japanese video-game giant Nintendo was ordered by a Texas
court on Thursday to pay out $10 million in a patent
lawsuit filed by iLife Technologies.

The patent in question: a motion-sensing patent from iLife
Technologies related to medical applications.

iLife alleged — and a Texas jury agreed — that Nintendo
misappropriated iLife’s patented technology for use in the
Nintendo Wii game console. Specifically, iLife alleged that
Nintendo’s Wii remote controls — motion controllers — were
infringing on iLife’s patent.


Nintendo Wii Sports
The
Nintendo Wii remote is a motion controller. In the example above,
someone plays “Wii Tennis.”


Joe
Shlabotnik



The suit was filed over three years ago, and a jury came to a
conclusion this week.
Nintendo tells Rolling Stone
that it plans to appeal the
ruling.

Here’s the full statement Nintendo issued following the ruling:

“On Aug. 31, 2017, a jury in Texas found that certain Wii and Wii
U video game systems and software bundles infringed a patent
belonging to iLife Technologies Inc. related to detecting if a
person has fallen down. The jury awarded iLife $10 million in
damages. Nintendo disagrees with the decision, as Nintendo does
not infringe iLife’s patent and the patent is invalid. Nintendo
looks forward to raising those issues with the district court and
with the court of appeals.”

The original suit filed by iLife sought $144 million — $4 for
every one of the 36 million Nintendo Wii units sold before iLife
filed its suit. Nintendo went on to sell over 100 million Wii
units.

Should Nintendo lose the appeal and the Texas jury’s decision
stands, Nintendo will pay $10 million to iLife Technologies — or,
approximately $0.27 for each of the 36 million Wii consoles sold
prior to the lawsuit’s filing.