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DALLAS – Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith recently helped firm client Nintendo of America Inc. win a reversal of a $10.1 million patent verdict in Dallas federal court.

Siebman Forrest co-founder Clyde Siebman and name partner Elizabeth Forrest successfully represented Nintendo along with attorney Stephen Smith, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Cooley LLP.

The original verdict against Nintendo was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2017 after jurors found that the company had infringed a motion-detection patent in its Wii gaming system. The contested patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,864,796, is owned by California-based iLife Technologies Inc.

In an order issued in late January, the trial court affirmed Nintendo’s motion for judgment as a matter of law by overturning the jury’s verdict entirely. In the ruling, the Dallas federal court found that iLife’s patent was invalid because it claimed only an abstract idea and was not eligible for patent protection under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank.

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