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Nintendo found guilty of patent infringement over glasses-free 3DS technology

By Chris Welch on March 13, 2013 06:41 pmShare

In developing its 3DS portable console, Nintendo infringed on a glasses-free 3D patent owned by a former Sony employee. That's according to a New York federal jury, which earlier today hit Nintendo with $30.2 million in damages. The patent in question — granted in 2008 — pertains to viewing 3D content without a need for specialized glasses, which is a major selling point of the 3DS. Seijiro Tomita (who spent 30 years at Sony according to the court complaint) sued Nintendo in 2011 for infringing on his invention, claiming that he'd met with the gaming manufacturer in 2003 to discuss the technology. In its defense, Nintendo's attorney argued that Tomita was just one of several 3D purveyors it was in contact with at the time and that the 3D implementation in the portable device avoided key aspects of his patent.

Ultimately the jury sided with Tomita and awarded him the compensatory damages. $30.2 million isn't exactly going to bankrupt Nintendo, and the case is unlikely to have any long-term consequences, but it's still an embarrassing legal defeat for the gaming industry giant.



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What? I can't believe this! So you're telling me Nintendo copied someone else? UNBELIEVABLE!



Wait... Your topic title and the content doesn't match
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Damn that Nintendo. Always copying Sony...



that's a nice addition to this guy's pension



7WhiteSword said:
Wait... Your topic title and the content doesn't match
It should be:
Damn that Nintendo. Always copying Sony...


You did not see the joke, it seems xD He's being ironic.



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Normally with patent cases they get damages AND unit royalties. Or else Nintendo is free to carry on infringing forever.

The patent system is stupidly vague though. Look at the patent:

http://www.google.com/patents/US7417664

Most of it isn't relevant to Nintendo (pick-up system?) and the part that is could describe any system with 2 cameras producing a 3D image, really. There WILL be invalidating prior art; this guy didn't invent autostereoscopic 3D.

Juries need to get the hell away from judging these cases. It should be technical and patent experts.



Bloody thiefs



TopDog said:
Bloody thiefs

Bitch ass thieves need to cripwalk on.



The lawsuit is very vague as is the patent in question.

Nintendo buys components from Sharp for their technology and patents related to the 3DS, but Nintendo is sued. Hmmm..... Appeal.



Finally 3D technology provides me with enjoyable entertainment