Interlink Electronics, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo, claiming that the Wii's controller violates one of Interlink's patents. Lawsuits over controller hardware are not new "? for example, Sony lost a well-publicized cased against Immersion Corporation relating to force-feedback technology in the Playstation's controller (see here ). Given the importance of the Wii's controller to its new console's appeal, Nintendo is no doubt taking the lawsuit very seriously. Whether that means a quick settlement or a drawn-out, knock-down legal battle of the sort that we all love (we video game lawyers, that is) won't be known for a while.
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