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Nintendo Loses Lawsuit In 3DS Infringement Case

A federal jury found Nintendo guilty of infringement in a case against a former Sony employee. Nintendo allegedly infringed on the employee’s patent of glasses-free 3D technology when it released the 3DS. Nintendo is set to payout $30.2 million in damages.

The Sony employee in question is Seijiro Tomita. Tomita’s lawyer told the U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Tomita’s tech was used by Nintendo in its development of the 3DS. While Nintendo’s lawyers countered the 3DS didn’t use the key features in Tomita’s patent, also stating that Nintendo’s meeting with Tomita was one of many with 3D vendors.

“We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work,” Joe Diamante, Tomita’s lawyer, emailed to Reuters. “It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention.”

In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo said:

“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.”