ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hillcrest Labs issued an
official statement about legal action that the company has taken today
against Nintendo(R) for patent infringement. The statement is as follows:
Hillcrest Labs has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a
separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court in
Maryland against Nintendo(R) related to the Wii(TM) video game system.
Hillcrest's patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,158,118, 7,262,760,
and 7,414,611, which relate to a handheld three-dimensional pointing
device, and U.S. Patent No. 7,139,983, which relates to a navigation
interface display system that graphically organizes content for
display on a television.
Since 2001, Hillcrest Labs has pioneered technology that allows
consumers to interact with digital media on television using
motion-control and pointing techniques. The company holds 29 patents
in this area worldwide, and has filled for more than 100 related
Leading consumer electronics companies, not all of whom have been
disclosed publicly, have already licensed Hillcrest's technology for
use in their products. While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of
respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that
Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this
action to protect its intellectual property rights.
Given the current status of the filings, the company will not disclose
any additional details about the matter at this time.
Information about Hillcrest Labs and its products are available at
About Hillcrest Labs
Hillcrest Laboratories (a.k.a. Hillcrest Labs) sells an application
creation platform called HoME, which enables consumer electronics
manufacturers and service providers to create unique interactive digital
media products for TV and other digital media devices. Applications made
with HoME are controlled by pointing and provide consumers an intuitive way
to browse, discover, and interact with large volumes of digital media.
Hillcrest Labs' pointing technology, called Freespace(TM), can be used in a
wide range of consumer devices including remote controls, PC mice, and game
controllers. HoME and Freespace have received numerous awards including the
CES Innovations Award and Popular Mechanics' Editors Choice. Based in
Rockville, Maryland, Hillcrest Labs was founded in 2001 by Dan Simpkins.
The company is funded by NEA, AllianceBernstein, Columbia Capital and
Grotech Ventures. For additional information, visit
Freespace is a trademark of Hillcrest Labs. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners. Hillcrest Labs, Freespace, and the
Loop are trademarks of Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
SOURCE Hillcrest Labs