New NPE Targets Nintendo Game Systems with Machine Vision Patent
Motion Games filed suit against Nintendo, video game software developer Retro Studios, and two retail distributors of Nintendo gaming systems, GameStop and Rent-A-Center, alleging that Nintendo gaming consoles and systems infringe a patent related to a database for machine vision objects. The complaint argues that joinder in the case is proper because, “all Defendants have committed acts arising out of the same series of transactions.” This is the first patent infringement suit initiated by Motion Games. The patent-in-suit was issued to Great Lakes Intellectual Property in January 2001 and was assigned to Motion Games in November 2012. Timothy Pryor, the named inventor on the patent-in-suit, is also listed as the director of Motion Games. Pryor was also the president of Sensor Adaptive Machines, a former developer of machine vision technology for automotive manufacturing applications. According to the USPTO, Great Lakes Intellectual Property is the assignee of 64 US patents from Sensor Adaptive Machines. In 2004, Great Lakes filed two patent suits against developers of machine vision technology. 11/16, Eastern District of Texas, assigned to Judge Leonard Davis, 6:2012cv00878.