Nintendo found guilty of patent infringement over glasses-free 3D

Required to pay $30.2 million to ex-Sony inventor.

Last month former Sony inventor Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo for infringing on his patent for a glasses-free 3D display. Today, Rueters reported that a federal jury in New York found the Kyoto-based console manufacturer guilty.


Initially Tomita requested that Nintendo pay $9.80 for every 3DS sold, which would have resulted in over $292 million. While Tomita was successful in his lawsuit, he wasn't that successful and Nintendo must pay him $30.2 million, which is still nothing to scoff at.

Defense attorney Scott Lindvall maintained that Nintendo's 3DS didn't use key aspects of Tomita's patent and that Tomita was only one of several vendors selling 3D technology that Nintendo met with in 2003.

The jury didn't buy it.

"We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work," Tomita's attorney, Joe Diamante concluded. "It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention."

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