Thursday, May 22, 2008

$21 Million Texas Verdict Against Nintendo in Game Controller Patent Infringement Lawsuit

The national law firm of McKool Smith announced a $21 million patent infringement verdict in favor of Tyler, Texas-based Anascape Ltd. against Redmond, Wash.-based Nintendo of America Inc., a subsidiary of Japan's Nintendo Co. Ltd. (NTDO.Y).

The verdict handed down on May 14th concludes nearly two years of litigation over a series of protected Anascape patents related to video game controllers. The jury's verdict followed two weeks of trial before the Hon. Ron Clark of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.

Anascape was represented by a team of attorneys from McKool Smith and Tyler, Texas-based Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth. The McKool Smith team included firm principal and lead counsel Doug Cawley, firm principals Sam Baxter and Ted Stevenson, and firm associates Chris Bovenkamp, Steven Callahan, Jason Cassady, Anthony Garza, and Jamie Shouse. The Parker, Bunt team included Robert M. Parker, Christopher Bunt and Charles Ainsworth.

The jury found that various controllers sold by Nintendo, including the GameCube controller, GameCube Wavebird controller, Wii Classic controller and Wii Remote, infringed Anascape's patents, and awarded Anascape $21 million. Nintendo is one of the largest suppliers of game controllers and related equipment in the multi-billion-dollar video game industry.

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