The filing asks the FTC to bar imports of Wii consoles into the US. The company also filed a civil claim against Nintendo making similar charges, but also seeking financial damages. Nintendo officials had no comment about the allegations, only to say they had not yet received the court documents.
Hillcrest claims that Nintendo infringed on four patents. Hillcrest claims that its patented technologies form the basis of key features in the Nintendo Wii console, including its 3D pointing device and a display interface system for organising graphical content on a TV.
Court documents state that “Hillcrest believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken action to protect its intellectual property rights”.
CNET reports that in July, a federal court in Texas found that three Nintendo controllers (not for the Wii) were in violation of patents held by Texas developer, Anascape. Nintendo has appealed that decision.
Nintendo has said that it plans to sell 25m Wii consoles worldwide for its fiscal year running from March 2008 to March 2009. The Wii console has sold 29.6m units since it was released in 2006, according to the company.