Objection! Nintendo 3DS ruling over turned, won't have to pay $30.2 million0 Comments
Five years ago, Nintendo was in hot water over a patent lawsuit regarding the Nintendo 3DS’ stereoscopic 3D feature, and the company would have to pay the plaintiff $30.2 million. Well, it turns out they won’t have to pay a cent after all, because a New York federal court overturned the previous ruling. During the lawsuit, Nintendo stated it was “confident that the result will be set aside,” which turned out to be eerily accurate. In a case that dated back to 2011, federal judge Jed Rakoff ruled this week that the handheld did not infringe on the 3D feature, which was originally claimed by Seijiro Tomita and Tomita Technologies USA. Nintendo provided an official statement on the new ruling:
"Judge Rakoff's ruling follows Nintendo's successful appeal of an earlier verdict, and is the result of a 2015 re-trial. This decision fully reverses and corrects a 2013 verdict against Nintendo. Specifically, Judge Rakoff found that the Nintendo 3DS performs in a significantly different way and does more than was contemplated by the Tomita patent."
Not surprisingly, Nintendo litigation and compliance director Ajay Singh said Nintendo was “very pleased” with the findings, and briefly mentioned the company’s history of defending its products. "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products, and we aggressively defend patent lawsuits when our products do not infringe, even when we must do it over many years and through multiple trials," Singh said.
That’s great news for Nintendo, because Tomita, a former Sony inventor, claimed he was entitled to $9.80 for every 3DS sold if he won the lawsuit. According to Nintendo’s latest count, it has sold nearly 58 million systems. That would’ve lined Tomita’s pockets substantially, bringing the grand total to a whopping $568.4 million.
Nintendo Won't Have to Pay $30.2 Million, As 3DS Case Overturned, GameSpot