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The Wii Classic Controller found to infringe patents
Jury rules against Nintendo in patent lawsuit

Nintendo was ordered on Wednesday to pay $21M to Anascape, a small East Texas gaming company, for infringing on a patent for gaming controllers.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2006 by Anascape, which targeted both Microsoft and Nintendo for infringement of 12 patents issued between 1999 and 2005. Anascape sought compensation, including interest, from the revenues generated by both companies as a result of the claimed infringements.

A jury found that Nintendo had infringed on the Anascape patents in the design of the GameCube, WaveBird and Wii Classic controllers.

According to comments recorded by the Associated Press, Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta said that the company will seek an appeal and hopes that the infringement award would be reduced significantly. No infringement was found with the motion-sensing scheme used on the Wii Remote or Nunchuk.

Microsoft avoided the jury ruling as it had settled with Anascape on terms that remain confidential.

While $21M may sound like a hefty sum, it’s not quite as painful as the $91 million Sony had to hand over to Immersion for its use of force feedback vibration technology. Sony and Immersion coming to an agreement then ruffled the feathers of Microsoft, who in turned launched its own legal complaint.

Sony, who was oddly not a part of the Anascape suit, recently launched its third-generation DualShock controller in North America.

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RE: What was it?
By Generic Guy on 5/15/2008 12:36:51 PM , Rating: 3
for my money, they shouldnt award patents to ideas that are incredibly simple and obvoius such as "controller with analogue button" i mean come on.

It was Nintendo who resurrected the analog stick with the N64 controller.

And for that matter, I was playing with analog joysticks back in the 1980s with my Apple II, before discrete D-Pads became more popular.

RE: What was it?
By afkrotch on 5/15/2008 1:43:54 PM , Rating: 1
Wrong. Analog Joystick for PS1 was first. Then N64, then dual analog for PS1.

RE: What was it?
By neothe0ne on 5/15/2008 2:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's because Sony copied Nintendo. I'm surprised Nintendo doesn't counter-sue this no-name useless patent sitter and name Sony as a second defendant for infringing on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's controller. Seriously, if this bullshit company can get awarded damages from Nintendo on the GameCube and Classic controllers, Nintendo can sue this company out of existence.

RE: What was it?
By afkrotch on 5/15/2008 2:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
Sue Sony for what exactly? They used analog joysticks before anyone else. Joysticks before the Playstation Analog Joystick were all digital. Their regular controllers have always used digital push buttons.

RE: What was it?
By Alexstarfire on 5/15/2008 3:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
No they didn't. I'm not gonna say anything more than: "you should do some research before spouting crap."

RE: What was it?
By sprockkets on 5/15/2008 4:59:39 PM , Rating: 2
Look at the ORIGINAL PS controllers, and you will see, they had NO analog controls on them. They came out with the dual shock controllers AFTER the N64 introduced the rumble pack and incorporated both features.

Same with the Sega Saturn, including the analog controller with the game called something with Nights in the name.

The analog joystick has been around forever, and they had buttons on them too.

RE: What was it?
By afkrotch on 5/16/2008 7:29:06 AM , Rating: 2
Playstation Analog Joystick. First analog controller. N64's controller came after that. After that was the PS1 Dual Analog and the Saturn's Analog. Dual Shock and N64s rumble came out at roughly the same time. Course Sony showcased the Dual Shock before Nintendo released any info on their rumblepak.

RE: What was it?
By Locutus465 on 5/16/2008 12:41:29 AM , Rating: 2
Are you freaking kidding me? You guys on this forum are really showing your age (or lack there of)... My Commodor 64 had a joystick which was analoge (i.e. analoge stick) and analoge buttons. The atari used the same joystick as my small black one... The idea's nintendo and microsoft are being sued over have been apart of gaming since the freaking 70's... I don't get how anyone could be stupid enough to award settlement for this kind of bs.

RE: What was it?
By afkrotch on 5/16/2008 7:33:15 AM , Rating: 2
Commodore 64 and Atari used a digital joystick. Apple, Amiga, and IBM were the first to use an analog joystick, but on a PC, not game console.

RE: What was it?
By Locutus465 on 5/16/2008 5:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, stand corrected there.. Regardless, this patent doesn't hold water...

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