Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Over 3D Technology in 3DS

posted on by Karen Ressler
Inventor Seijiro Tomita filed suit in 2011, won case in 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in favor of Nintendo Co Ltd on Friday in a patent lawsuit filed by Tomita Technologies regarding technology used in the Nintendo 3DS system.

Former Sony Corporation employee and inventor Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo and its U.S. branch in 2011, claiming Nintendo infringed on his patent for 3D technology that does not require glasses. Tomita had met with Nintendo officials in 2003.

The U.S. Federal Court decided in favor of Tomita in 2013, and ordered Nintendo to pay US$30.2 million to Tomita Technologies. However, Nintendo asserted that it never used Tomita's technology in its 3DS, and appealed the verdict in a re-trial in 2015. The New York Federal Court overturned the decision in April 2016, and Friday's ruling reaffirmed Nintendo's victory in the case.

Sources: Reuters (Jan Wolfe), Business Wire (link 2) via Hachima Kikō

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