Texas based Wall Wireless is suing Nokia, Sony and Nintendo over alleged infringements on patents related to the connectivity of handheld gaming devices. The patent in question is U.S. 6,640,086, named “Method and Apparatus for Creating and Distributing Real-Time Interactive Media Content Through Wireless Communication Networks and the Internet.” Wall Wireless alleges that Nokia’s mobile devices N81, N82, N93 and N95 infringe on the patent.
The Wall Wireless patent is for “methods and systems that allow an operator to distribute messages having aural or visual content that is generated by the operator using handheld apparatuses such as mobile telephones.”
From the complaint:
The complaint said that each defendant received a notice of the patent in question “at least as early as October 2008.” Defendants have yet to take a license under the patent. Unless a permanent injunction is issued enjoining Defendants from infringing the ’086 patent, Wall Wireless will be irreparably harmed. As a result of Defendants’ infringement of the ’086 patent, Wall Wireless has suffered monetary damages that are compensable … by no less than a reasonable royalty.”
What we think?
I don’t really want to comment too much on an ongoing legal struggle, but… wow. Considering the direction that mobile devices and mobile gaming are going right now, if this comes out in favor of Wall Wireless there’s going to be a lot of money changing hands. What do you reckon it’s chances are?