Saul J writes with an update to the patent lawsuit
that was filed by Fenner Investments back in 2007 against Nintendo and Microsoft. The suit alleged that the two companies had infringed upon a patent for a joystick port interface
. The trial was set to begin today
, but now Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court in Tyler, Texas has ruled that there is no need for a jury trial
. One of Nintendo's lawyers said, "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent, despite the risks that this policy entails."