After a harsh 2 year battle between the conglomerate Nintendo and former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita, a verdict is finally in. Nintendo has been found guilty of copyright infringement, over the use of glasses-free 3D technology. According to Softpedia, ‘Tomita Technology has said that it has a patent for, “Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information”.’ Tomita was awarded 30.2 million USD in damages as a result.
As per Reuters, Nintendo’s defense attorney Scott Lindvall is claiming that Nintendo’s wildly popular system doesn’t utilize major aspects linking their own technology to that of Tomita’s patent. Tomita’s defense rests heavily on a meeting between himself and Nintendo back in 2003, while Nintendo argues that they’ve met with several clients in regards to the innovative 3D display.
Nintendo representatives confidently told Polygon:
“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.”
Following the verdict Nintendo and its legal team were not available for comment. Also to be noted, Tomita was not present during the ruling. An emailed statement to Reuters from the Tomita Technology legal team read:
“We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work, It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention.”
The official patent is registered at the United States Patent Office under the number 7,417,664. Despite losing the lawsuit here in the states, Nintendo is still allowed to sell the 3DS in the country.