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Does Sony own the rights to WiiU’s technology?

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Posted on September 2, 2011 AT 12:00am

THE BUZZ: Sony patented Nintendo’s WiiU technology in 2009.  

WHAT WE KNOW: According to a NeoGAF user, it was revealed that Sony patented similar tech to what Nintendo is using in the WiiU back in 2009.

The patent says:”A portable electronic device comprises a display facing in a first direction, a video camera facing in a second direction substantially opposite to the first direction, a receiver operable to receive supplementary image data from a remote image source, the supplementary image data comprising an indication of where a supplementary image is positioned with respect to a reference image, and in which the portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display a captured image from the video camera on the display of the portable electronic device, and when the captured image comprises all or part of the reference image as displayed on a separate display, the portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display the supplementary image positioned with respect to the reference image, instead of the corresponding part of the captured image.”

Here are a few of the images Sony submitted with the patent application to illustrate the concept:

EGM’S TAKE: Well, this could be bad news for Nintendo. Sony-no stranger to patent issues (such as when LG sued them for copying their Blu-ray idea)-might take this to court, and sue Nintendo for copying their patent. However, with Sony no doubt knowing about this issue since the WiiU’s reveal at E3, the question is what their current thinking on the topic may be. Is it possible that Sony and Nintendo will reach some agreement, if they even haven’t already?

By: Liam Dunne.

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).

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