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A Dallas, Texas jury has awarded medical device maker iLife Technologies $10 million in damages as a result of its lawsuit against Nintendo of America.

The jury found Nintendo’s devices such as the Wii, Wii Remote and Wii U infringed on
iLife Technologies patent, US Patent Number 6,864,796. The patent, which covers systems within a communications device, was originally developed to detect when elderly people had fallen and to monitor babies to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2013 and sought damages of $144 million, approximately $4 for every Wii game system sold associated with 36 million Wii systems sold. Specifically, the jury ruled Nintendo had infringed on iLife’s motion-sensing accelerometer technology, according to a story at www.bbc.com/news/technology-41124831.

Nintendo maintained the technology in the patent was invalid as it was improperly written.

Representing iLife, the technology focused law firm of Munck Wilson Mandala said in a statement they were pleased to see a patent now defended be given such a remarkable verdict, adding it was an outstanding team effort.

Conversely Nintendo plans to fight the decision and issued a statement that said it disputes the decision and that it does not infringe on iLife’s patent. The gaming company is determined to continue the fight and appeal the ruling with the district court and the court of appeals.

iLife has already settled similar lawsuits against companies that include Fitbit and Under Armour which allege infringement on the same patent. The company had previously filed suits against Philips Electronics North America and Philips Lifeline among others for infringement against multiple patents including U. S. Patent No. 6,864,796.

Nintendo has also previously been involved in patent infringement lawsuits as the company recently won a patent infringement case against RecogniCorp that had been open for six years. RecogniCorp had claimed Nintendo’s Mii characters made use of the same techniques in its patent.

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court firmly established that case against Nintendo should never have been allowed.