Nintendo’s 3DS Patent Infringement Fine Halved

Claimant loses half of pay-out.

By Po-Yi Ho. Posted 08/15/2013 17:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

After the release of the 3DS in 2011, Seijiro Tomita of Tomita Technologies USA accused Nintendo of infringing on a patent of glasses-free 3D technology. However, federal judge Rakoff declared today that Tomita should take $15.1 million in damages, half of the previously awarded amount, from Nintendo. Tomita will have until August 23 to decide whether he wants to risk losing all awards in a new trial.

Judge Rakoff declared the initial award “intrinsically excessive and unsupported by the evidence presented at the trial.” Furthermore, judge Rakoff stated that most 3DS games do not employ Tomita’s patented technology in any way.

Laws aside, most players realize that the Nintendo 3DS derives its identity not from the glasses-free 3D technology, but from its unique library of innovative games like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

Source: Nintendo Life

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