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Bishop24
07-09-2008, 12:07 AM
This was written by Ben Silverman of Yahoo! Games, not by me.

Thanks to its innovative design and wealth of fantastic games, the Nintendo DS has scrambled to the top of the handheld gaming war, making the hardware wizards at Nintendo the darlings of the games industry.
But what if they don't hold the patent on the touchy tech?
As reported by video game blog Gamepolitics (http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/07/07/nintendo-faces-patent-lawsuit-apparently-over-ds-touch-screen), John R. Martin has filed a complaint alleging that he owns the patent on the system's lauded touch screen. While the patent was updated in August of 2005 -- a full six months after Nintendo launched the DS -- it was originally filed a decade earlier in 1995.
The patent seems to cover the key input ingredient of Nintendo's popular handheld, citing "an improved method of operating a touch screen on a CRT or ICD computer screen [that] uses finger release as input registering" in "an electronic game device system [which] is switchable between an amusement mode and a gaming or gambling mode and is useful for vehicles such as airplanes or boats..."Sounds a little like the DS to us, minus the gambling bit.
http://origin1.games.vip.re3.yahoo.com/content/p/6/1226063/thumb_screen002.jpgSEE PICS
(http://videogames.yahoo.com/featurescreenshot?eid=1226063&index=1)

Nintendo, however, doesn't see the connection -- the company has responded by requesting that the entire suit be summarily dismissed.
This isn't Nintendo's first scrape with patent infringement. Earlier this year the company coughed up $21 million (http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/15/nintendo-ordered-to-pay-21-million-to-patent-troll/) to tech company Anascape over several Nintendo game controllers, including their famous Wavebird, widely considered the first legitimate wireless game controller.
Source: http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/nintendo-facing-patent-lawsuit-over-ds/1226062

SoaringEagle
07-09-2008, 02:42 AM
ARE U SERIOUS? 1995 we didnt have technology for touch screen which would be so crisp, Nintendo obviously doesnt make slips like that, it might be a ploy just to make $.

"an electronic game device system [which] is switchable between an amusement mode and a gaming or gambling mode and is useful for vehicles such as airplanes or boats..."

it seems like a different idea that they couldnt get off the ground.

Bishop24
07-09-2008, 02:49 AM
ARE U SERIOUS?

Hey man, I'm just posting what I saw and read. I'm pretty sure the man is serious, I'm pretty sure he won't win.:p

Randomnutta
07-09-2008, 02:58 AM
wow thats a shocker