Wii Will, Wii Will Sue You
Hey all you Wii fanatics, sitting out there happily glazy-eyed, thinking you're actually exercising, thinking the Japanese must be freakin' genuises (genuiiii?) for inventing this thing -- you're wrong.
You're wrong because a) Happiness shouldn't come from an electronic bowling game; b) It ain't exercise; and c) they didn't invent it. A little company in Ohio did.
That's according to Houston attorney Mark Lanier (the last part, that is). He is suing on behalf of a company called Motiva that claims it applied for a patent on the crucial motion-technology gizmo that Wii uses way back in 2004. Wii got its patent in 2006.
Motiva didn't actually get its patent until November 2007, a year after Wii did, but we assume nefarious and evil forces were involved.
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Lanier is the one to find them. He's one of Houston's most successful tort lawyers, famous as much for his winning verdicts as he is his elaborate (if liquor-free) Christmas parties.
"Nintendo makes games where you get to play a thief, but that doesn't give them the right to be one," Lanier says.
Nintendo has already faced some patent-infringement claims with regard to Wii. There's apparently money to be made in it.
The suit will be heard in a federal court in Tyler, technology capital of northeast Texas.
-- Richard Connelly
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