Nintendo, Sony sued over wireless tech

Written by Joe Martin

February 24, 2009 // 11:40 a.m.

Tags: #nintendo #patent #psp #sony #wireless

Nintendo and Sony's handheld platforms are facing a patent dispute today as a company called Wall Wireless is claiming that it owns a patent that covers the wireless technologies used by the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable, as well as some Nokia mobile phones.

Wall Wireless is looking to take Nintendo and Sony to court specifically, claiming that the company has suffered "monetary damages that are compensable ... by no less than a reasonable royalty."

According to Edge, Wall Wireless' lawsuit names the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Mario Kart, WipeOut Pulse and Reset Generation, as well as a number of N-series Nokia phones, directly.

The 2003 patent that Wall Wireless is laying claim to is the vaguest patent we've ever seen by the way. Supposedly it entitles Wall Wireless to a patent over the ""Method and Apparatus for Creating and Distributing Real-Time Interactive Media Content Through Wireless Communication Networks and the Internet."

Above anything else though, one question that hasn't been cleared up as far as we can see is why it's taken Wall Wireless six years to bring the case to court.

Does Wall Wireless stand a chance in the coming storm, or are Nintendo and Sony likely to quash this bug with barely a thought? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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