Jury finds Nintendo guilty of 3DS patent infringement

Glasses-free 3D tech belongs to former Sony employee

Nintendo has been ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages to a man who patented the glasses-free 3D technology used in the 3DS.


Seijiro Tomita - a former Sony employee - sued Nintendo last month for infringing a patent related to technology which generates 3D images without the requirement of 3D glasses.

Tomita's attorney Joe Diamante claimed that Tomita demoed a prototype of his technology for seven Nintendo officials in 2003, and that some of those present helped develop the 3DS. Tomita patented the technology in 2008.

Now, a federal Jury in New York has found that Nintendo did indeed infringe on Tomita's patent, according to a Reuters report. The company has been ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages to Tomita.

Nintendo's defense attorney argued that the technology used in the 3DS lacks key aspects of Tomita's patent, and that the 2003 meeting was only one of many the publisher hosted regarding 3D technology.

Tomita's attorney Joe Diamante thanked the jurors for "their digilence and hard work".