SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Computer game giant Nintendo of America Inc. announced Tuesday it had reached a settlement with United Microelectronics Corp. over a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Under the terms of the settlement, UMC will take steps to combat piracy of Nintendo video games.
The settlement ends litigation of a federal lawsuit filed in 1991 by Nintendo against UMC, of Hsinchu City, Taiwan, and its U.S. subsidiary, Unicorn Microelectronics Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., and several individuals associated with the companies.
Nintendo alleged copyright and trademark infringement in the sale of counterfeit Nintendo video games. The case was dismissed 'with prejudice,' which prevents either side from bringing another action in the matter.
'UMC condemns illegal copying and piracy of products, and has instituted what we think is the most comprehensive screening process ever to enable us to detect and avoid infringements,' said Robert H. C. Tsao, spokesman for UMC.
Howard Lincoln of Nintendo said his company was pleased with the settlement.