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Philips sues Nintendo in US for patent infringement in Wii remote, asks for ban on Wii sales
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:36 AM EDT
Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.
Philips spokesman Bjorn Teuwsen said Thursday the companies had been in negotiations over a possible licensing agreement since 2011, but could not come to any agreement.
The patents Philips cites in its suit describe a "virtual body control device" and a "user interface based on a pointing device" — both key aspects of the Wii.
Nintendo could not immediately be reached for comment.
Philips' suit was filed May 14 at the U.S. Federal District Court in Delaware.