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Nintendo hit with Wii lawsuit

Wii legal threat follows Xbox 360 action

Another day, another lawsuit over a next-generation video game console. Lonestar Inventions, a Texas-based technology company, has filed suit against Nintendo, alleging that the Nintendo Wii "infringes on a patent that it holds for a high capacitance structure in a semiconductor device”.

According to a report from Gamespot, the patent in question was originally issued in 1993, and deals with saving space by using layers of conducting strips to triple the effectiveness of parallel plate capacitors.

Lonestar Inventions has also sued Texas Instruments, Marvell Semiconductor, and the Eastman Kodak Company over the same patent. Most of those cases were eventually settled.

This latest generation of consoles has brought along with it a spate of legal action. Microsoft was brought to court by Lucent Technologies for a suit pertaining to the Xbox 360 and its MPEG-2 decoding capabilities. Nintendo was once taken to court over the trigger on the Wii's remote control, and as PC Advisor’s sister title Gamepro previously reported, Sony will have to legally defend itself twice this year. One lawsuit is in regards to Sony's method of coating Blu-ray discs, while the other deals primarily with content security.

www.gamepro.com


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