Nintendo loses lawsuit; 3DS infringes on 3D patents

Nintendo loses lawsuit; 3DS infringes on 3D patents

by 14 March 2013

Reuters reported today that a US Federal jury has found Nintendo liable of patent infringement.

Nintendo was successfully sued by Tomita Technologies over the 3D technology it had used in the 3DS. Seijiro Tomita of Tomita Technologies has won $30.2 million in damages from Nintendo as a result of the suit.

Tomita filed the lawsuit in 2011 — the same year the 3DS was released — claiming Nintendo had infringed upon his patent for “technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices.”

Tomita first filed his patent in 2003, and the patent was granted in 2008.