Philips electronics says wins patent case against Nintendo in UK

AMSTERDAM Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:29pm BST

Frans van Houten, chief executive (CEO) of Philips, speaks during the presentation of the 2013 full-year results in Amsterdam, January 28, 2014.REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

Frans van Houten, chief executive (CEO) of Philips, speaks during the presentation of the 2013 full-year results in Amsterdam, January 28, 2014.

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips Electronics NV (PHG.AS) said on Friday it had won a patent infringement cases against Nintendo (7974.T) in the United Kingdom, the first of four lawsuits filed against the Japanese gaming company.

Philips spokesman Bjorn Teuwsen said the patent related to motion and gesture tracking systems used in the Wii game console.

"It's about a patent for motion, gesture and pointing control that we make available to manufacturers of set-top boxes and games consoles through a licensing programme," he said.

"We'd been trying to come to a licencing agreement with Nintendo since 2011, but since it didn't work out we started legal action in Germany and the UK in 2012, France in 2013 and in the U.S. last month," he added.

Philips declined to give any details about any possible financial implications from the ruling.

"We've requested fair compensation for the use of our patents," Teuwsen said.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch, editing by William Hardy)

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