Nintendo guilty of glasses-free 3D patent infringement

Written by David Hing

March 14, 2013 | 08:03

Tags: #3ds #lawsuit #legal

Companies: #nintendo

Nintendo has been found guilty of patent infringement for the glasses-free 3D technology found in the Nintendo 3DS.

Former Sony employee, Serjiro Tomita, took Nintendo and its US unit to court in 2011, demanding that Nintendo pay $9.80 for every 3DS sold in compensation. The case went to trial at the end of February this year.

Instead of the approximate $290m this would have resulted in, Tomita was instead awarded $30.2m in compensation by a jury in a New York district court.

Tomita apparently demonstrated the prototype for his 3D technology in 2003 for Nintendo executives while his patent for the invention was still pending. The defence however argued that this was just one of hundreds of similar meetings held by Nintendo executives and that the finished 3DS did not use any aspects of the patent in question.

According to a statement issued to Polygon by Nintendo of America, the company is confident that the verdict will not impact on its continued sales of the 3DS in the US and that the result will be set aside.

'Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others,' continued the statement.

The Nintendo 3DS was first launched in February 2011 and has shipped 29.8 million units worldwide to date. An XL version of the console was also released in July 2012, featuring larger screens than the original model.
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