Last week California Judge Saundra Armstrong threw out a patent infringement claim leveled against Nintendo by Quintal Research Group, Inc. The judge had found that eight of Nintendo’s various handheld gaming systems, including the 3DS, DSi, and Gameboy Advance, did not violate any patents held by Quintal. For these reasons, Judge Armstrong dismissed the case.
“We are very pleased to have this case dismissed,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “The result in this case continues to prove that Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits and will not pay to settle cases simply to avoid litigation. Nintendo continues to support patent reform efforts that reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”
UPDATE: On August 4th, 2015, another patent infringement lawsuit leveled against Nintendo has been dismissed in a Washington state court of law, marking the second victory for the gaming giant in just under a month.
The leader in handheld gaming, Nintendo’s 3DS has been among the best-selling consoles of this generation and has shipped over 50 million units, according to Nintendo, since its release in February of 2011.