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Nintendo required to pay ex-Sony engineer $15 million for 3D patent

Thursday, 15th August 2013 10:44 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has been ordered to pay ex-Sony engineer Seijiro Tomita $15 million in compensation for use of his 3D imaging patent in 3DS consoles.

CVG reports that Tomita won the case back in March and was looking for $30 million.

However on Wednesday, federal judge Jed Rakoff deemed that Tomita must accept $15 million in damages or he may forfeit the whole figure, deeming the initial figure, “intrinsically excessive and unsupported by the evidence presented at trial”. He added that when the suit was originally filed in 2011 the 3DS was not profitable.

Nintendo has appealed for an overturn, but Rakoff has thrown out the plea, while company spokesperson Charlie Scibetta said in a statement, “Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and is confident that none of its products infringes the asserted patent. Nintendo will appeal the jury’s verdict and reduced damages award to the court of appeals.”

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  1. mistermogul

    He should just take the money and be happy with it!

    In the mean time I’m playing Steamworld Dig on my 3DS and it’s fooking superb! Anyone with a 3DS should get it…

    #1 8 months ago
  2. MrWaffles

    Whether they stole it or were simply ‘inspired’ by it the patent holder (if not a patent troll) should receive compensation.

    $15 million is NOTHING considering the 3DS profits (and just wait for the Pokermon X/Y hardware push)…

    They probably spent more on the trial anyway.

    -Waffles

    #2 8 months ago
  3. MCTJim

    This is what happens when you steal patents..just like EA with Madden. Karma people..its Karma

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Clupula

    But this cannot be true…Only Nintendo ever innovate!

    #4 8 months ago
  5. sebastien rivas

    woww even 15 millions, ching ching.

    In the meantime because Nintendo did not pay for the patent then it remains an infrigement regardless how it is turned or formulated. Otherwise they would not be in court law in first place.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. sg1974

    I wonder if the guy who invented the Wiimote for Sega in the late 90s has seen this…

    #6 8 months ago