Nintendo successfully appeal Tomita Technologies patent dispute verdict


Shortly after the Nintendo 3DS launched, the company found themselves sued for patent infringement by Tomita Technologies over the use of glasses-free stereoscopic 3D.

That was taken to court early last year, where inventor Seijiro Tomita sought damages that amounted to $9.80 per every handheld sold. After the judge issued a guilty verdict Nintendo were ordered to pay $30.2 million in compensatory damages, the company sharing their belief that the “result will be set aside” – even though it unsettled their share price.

That could all change, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have sent the patent dispute back to a lower court, Bloomberg reports.

The reason being that the judge incorrectly interpreted the patent, which had confused the jury’s judgement. The appeals court had originally defended the interpretation, rejecting Nintendo’s argument that the patent was invalid. Although a new trial will be the judge of that.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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