A U.K. court has ruled that Nintendo (NASDAQOTH:NTDOY) is guilty of violating two of Koninklijke Philips' (NYSE:PHG) patents in the Wii and Wii U. Should investors sell Nintendo stock on the news? Or will the two parties settle their differences?
Guest host Alison Southwick puts these questions to Fool analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers in this episode of 1-Up on Wall Street, The Motley Fool's Web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.
Our Foolish colleague Leo Sun has the details of the ruling here. Nathan says the worst-case scenario has Nintendo paying steep licensing fees for every Wii and Wii U console sold in the past and going forward, a stark prospect when you consider that sales had largely stalled in the months leading up to the release of Mario Kart 8.
Tim says investors are right to be concerned but that it's also too early to sell Nintendo stock. Instead, watch to see if other world courts join in ruling against the company and, if so, whether those rulings lead to an injunction preventing further sales of Wii and Wii U consoles.
History suggests we won't reach that point. Rather, Tim says, we'll see the two companies settle on a cash payment and and cross-licensing of related patents. How big might the payout be? Nintendo had 795.22 billion yen in cash and short-term investments with no debt as of its March 2014 report. That's roughly equal to $7.7 billion in U.S. dollars. (Source: S&P Capital IQ.)
Now it's your turn. Click the video to watch as Alison puts Nathan and Tim on the spot, and then leave a comment to let us know your take on the ruling and Nintendo stock at current prices. You can also follow us on Twitter for more segments and regular geek news updates!
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