Anyone remember when we reported Nintendo was being sued by Seijiro Tomita over the 3D technology used in the Nintendo 3DS? Many of us, myself included, scoffed at the lawsuit as so many various 3D technologies exist. Well, as it turns out, Tomita is the one getting the last laugh as the US Federal Jury ruled in favor of Tomita to the tune of $30.2 million dollars. This is obviously a very "small" hit for billion dollar company, but it's definitely something no one, including Nintendo, seemed to take seriously enough. Is it possible Nintendo did steal the technology? Of course, but who really knows how likely that is.
Nintendo has issued an official response:
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.