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.

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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