Nintendo loses 3DS patent infringement lawsuit

While everybody thought that Nintendo's glasses-free 3D technology was new and innovative, it seems the Japanese company was not the first to discover the solution. A federal US jury has found that the handheld's 3D display technology infringes on an existing patent, awarding the original inventor more than US$30 million in compensatory damages.

Seijiro Tomita - a former Sony Corp employee - developed the technology, which permits 3D images without the need for 3D glasses. His patent was originally filed in 2003, and granted in 2008.

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Nintendo's patent-infringing 3DS

According to Reuters, the case has been before the court for more than 12 months, with Tomita first suing Nintendo and its US unit in 2011 over patent infringement. This followed a 2003 meeting between Tomita and the hardware company, where Nintendo discussed buying the 3D display technology.

Defense attorney Scott Lindvall argues that the 3DS does not use "key aspects" of Tomita's original patent.

However, the jury and the court saw otherwise, with Tomita's attorney Joe Diamante releasing a statement via email:

We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work. It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention.

Nintendo officials - and Mr Lindvall - declined to comment following the verdict.

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4 Responses to “Nintendo loses 3DS patent infringement lawsuit”

  1. Does this mean nintendo can no longer use 3D visuals? Sounds just like someone from sony to pull this stunt. once a scumbag always a scumbag.

    The worst i can see happening is that this tomita guy demands a percentage of profits from 3DS sales. There are far too many units worldwide to do a mass recall now, so really the only options left are to either stop producing them, or find a solution that appeases all parties and allows for continued sales and production.

    Also may tomita burn in hellfire for what he has done to nintendo this day.

  2. {Insert Name Here} says:

    congratulations, except the fact that he has done nothing with his discovery where Nintendo has. So all he did was get some cash that shouldn’t be his.

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