Nintendo 3DS Infringes On a Ten Year Old Patent

Seijiro Tomita, a former Sony employee and holder of the patent for the technology behind the glasses-free stereoscopic 3D found in Nintendo’s 3DS, has been awarded $30.2 million in damages by a New York federal jury on Wedsnesday. The suit, filed in 2011, states that Tomita, met with Nintendo in 2003 to demo his prototype, for which the patent was still pending. Nintendo’s attorneys argued that Tomita’s meeting was “one of hundreds” Nintendo attended to see similar tech.

Scott Lindvall, a defense attorney for The House That Mario Built said that the Nintendo 3DS doesn’t use key aspects of Tomita’s patent.

Polygon received this statement from a Nintendo of America spokesperson:

A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to Tomita Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Tomita against Nintendo. The Tomita patent did not relate to the 3D games playable on the Nintendo 3DS. The trial was held in U.S. District Court in New York before Judge Jed Rakoff.

Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside. The jury’s verdict will not impact Nintendo’s continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.

The court proceedings began on February 25th in New York.

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