Nintendo loses 3DS patent lawsuit, must pay $30 million in damages

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 13, 2013 4:30pm PDT

Nearly two years ago, Nintendo was sued by longtime Sony employee Seijiro Tomita over the use of glasses-free 3D technology in the 3DS. Today, the court ruled in favor of Tomita, awarding him $30.2 million in damages.

According to Reuters, Nintendo defense attorney Scott Lindvall argued that 3DS avoids using key aspects of Tomita's patent. And although Nintendo did meet with Tomita in 2003, the company argues that it was merely "one of several" meetings with various vendors selling 3D display technology.

Although Nintendo lost the hearing, a company representative told Polygon that it is "confident that the result will be set aside," adding: "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."

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