Federal Jury Rules Nintendo Infringed On Seijiro Tomita’s 3D Patent

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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In New York, a federal jury has ruled that Nintendo has infringed on Seijiro Tomita’s 3D technology with it’s 3DS. The jury awarded Mr. Tomita a hefty $30.2 million dollars in compensatory damage.

To go into greater detail of the incident: “In opening arguments last month, Tomita’s attorney, Joe Diamante, told the jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Nintendo used technology that Tomita developed for its 3DS. Tomita is a former longtime Sony Corp employee. But Scott Lindvall, a defense attorney for the Super Mario Bros. franchise creator, argued that the 3DS doesn’t use key aspects of Tomita’s patent. Lindvall also said a 2003 meeting with Nintendo officials that Tomita cited in his argument was merely one of several the company held with vendors selling 3-D display technology.”

Nintendo of America issued this statement: “A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to Tomita Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Tomita against Nintendo. The Tomita patent did not relate to the 3D games playable on the Nintendo 3DS. The trial was held in U.S. District Court in New York before Judge Jed Rakoff. Nintendo is confident that 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.”

You can check our sources HERE and HERE and let us know what you think of these turn of events.

About Theophilus Fox

Former Volunteer- My name is Theophilus Fox, I've been a gamer since as long as I can remember, and I also enjoy manga and anime. I'm a Nintendo fan, although I do not discriminate between franchises. I'm a guy who just loves to make jokes and generally have a fun time.

  • Shulknameholderthing

    Man, what a bunch of jokers.

  • An Tran

    Well the jury’s pretty stupid.
    Or most likely Tomita bribed the jury with some of the money if they were to help him win.
    Nintendo had a pretty good argument, yet they still lost.

    • Gemnist

      No, that’s kinda crazy. I bet that Sony bribed Tomita with some money in an attempt to knock the 3DS off shelves

  • I find it funny that the 3D technology came from ANOTHER COMPANY, and that Nintendo was sued and had to pay the expense. What’s funnier is that Nintendo had been in contact about the 3D technology from said company 3 months BEFORE Seijiro had even contacted Nintendo. Seijiro came to Nintendo after Sony rejected his 3D technology idea for the PSP. And the technology patents are somewhat similar, but work completely different. Hence Seijiro was was suing Nintendo for the idea of glasses free 3D graphics, and idea that was revealed (in a different form) in 1985 was by the said company Nintendo made the deal with to put the glasses free 3D graphics onto the 3DS in the first place. >.>

    • Spookyryu

      Indeed this stupid, since nintendo has already try to use the 3d in the virtual boy, I hope they win this case

  • That guy is BSing his way because as far as I know the 3D displays were developed by Samsung