Nintendo to pay over $30 million for patent infringement

So people, there you have it, the 3DS’s main feature (the glasses-less 3d) has turned out to have been Sony’s work which Nintendo stole.

The no-glasses 3d display is the key difference between a Nintendo DS and a Nintendo 3DS. It has now been found that this technology was invented by ex-Sony employee Seijiro Tomita. He owns the patent to this technology and managed to take Nintendo to court. This had actually happened in 2011, but the case only began last month.

Originally, he planned to sue for over $292 million – which would amount to approximately $9.80 for every 3DS ever sold. But the amount came down to $30.2 million (which still amounts to approximately $1 for every 3DS sold). The sum came down so low because the defense lawyer said that the 3DS didn’t use his key design principles and that at the time, there were lots of other demonstrations as well.

It is very interesting that when the case was filed, no one took any action, it was as if Nintendo was confident that they would win this case just like all the patent infringement cases before.

NOTE: This shouldn’t affect owners in any way.

Source: Eurogamer

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  1. NaSty’s avatar

    Hmmm interesting news… (not sarcasm) :D

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      1. pirate city’s avatar

        It will continue if they keep releasing Monpiece games. Japan always likes WTF niche games.

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        1. lumenia’s avatar

          Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP !?

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  2. gunblade’s avatar

    a daller a 3ds still nice 30 million sold not realy into the 3ds screen but it cool at time tried play mines with actual 3d glass from the movies works i guess but i dont get it not all 3d screeen has that wered jus flip the switch n turn on one werd 3d screen that layers like two differnt images on each outher to appear 3d. and if there was outher 3d screen that was like the 3d screen wy nintendo not paying those people…but i still wana get a xl 3ds so i guess its okay 30 mill still quite a bit…

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  3. chezney’s avatar

    That’s a bit rich coming from Sony :)

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    1. Jhewk’s avatar

      What came from Sony?

      The article says nothing about Sony’s view on this topic.

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      1. Wrozen’s avatar

        this person is saying that the guy that sued nintendo is now pretty rich even though he got fired from cheap ol’ Sony.

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  4. Acid_Snake’s avatar

    not the first time they’ve done this, but sony’s to blame for firing an employee with such a cool invention

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    1. Fifthmoon’s avatar

      It didn’t say anything about Sony firing the guy. He probably just left on his own accord

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  5. zorak_torok’s avatar

    30 million sold? That is astonished to say the least. I have one and the xl, but im not really fond of either.

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  6. Deathscreton’s avatar

    With all this new money coming in, there shoukd be no reqson as to why the vita sales will slip in the future. They need to take this money and invest it into the vita somehow, someway. Like marketinf. Or improving the virtual keyboard.

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    1. thor’s avatar

      or, or they may be going to use it for, oh i don’t know.. the PS4 development.

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      1. seife’s avatar

        Sonys money increased by 0.001%, vita will be saved

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  7. Del_Inferno’s avatar

    If there were other demonstrations at the time, how can he claim that it is ‘his’ design? He might lose

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    1. hgoel0974’s avatar

      He already won. The court must have taken a look into that (the other designs used other techniques) and I guess they went for his without his own approval

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  8. themageling’s avatar

    Kinda contradicted yourself in your own post. Pretty embarrassing show of bias.

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  9. itsme_urdaddy’s avatar

    SHITTY NINTENDO

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    1. Aldath’s avatar

      Yeah since PS Move is TOTALLY an original idea.

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  10. fartalis’s avatar

    I don’t know the detail, but I doubt it was stolen. Now everyone is working on 3D. Sound like Sony came up with the idea 1st. Nintendo win the development, since I don’t see any Sony 3D products.

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    1. hgoel0974’s avatar

      The guy who invented it was an ex-employee of Sony. Nintendo doesn’t win because it STOLE patented intellectual property.

      Seijiro Tomita wins because he invented the tech AND patented it before it got stolen

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      1. seife’s avatar

        In my opinion the vita is the better console. So sony wins for me. I could also buy a good calculator, i would have the same calculating power as the 3ds and mire pixels than the 3ds’ screen :D

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  11. trey’s avatar

    Off topic question: Will TN V support snes9xtyl MECM?

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    1. hgoel10974’s avatar

      No NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!

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  12. TStrauss’s avatar

    Didn’t Nintendo claim that they’ve been toying with this tech since the GBA? Granted, they’re not going to out and say, “this former Sony guy had a bitchin’ idea, so we stole it!” But perhaps the reality is that multiple groups were working on the same tech, and while Tomita patented it first, Nintendo was the first to ship a product. In that instance, the only thing Nintendo did wrong was not slapping a patent on EVERYTHING as it was in development, like everyone else with any sense does.

    Just an outsider’s take. I have a Vita and a 3DS. The Vita is more feature rich, but there are always great Nintendo exclusives that I just can’t live without.

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    1. clicks’s avatar

      Well the Vita is feature rich if you pretend it doesn’t have tablets and smartphones to compete with at it’s power/price range, but…

      Totally agree on the patent thing, the guy almost sounds like a patent troll considering how many groups have been working on 3D tech for DECADES, and Nintendo has already released a (sorely underrated and unjustly maligned) 3D gaming system likely before his ideas were even thoughts, and this vague reasoning that it “didn’t use his key design principles” just makes me think someone took one look at the plaintiffs, thought “herp derp David VS Goliath” and had their mind made up early on.

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      1. TStrauss’s avatar

        The Vita has what smartphones and tablets will never have: analog sticks and buttons. Yes, I’ve seen the Bluetooth pads. No, they will never take off. It’s too hard for devs to support them all, and it’ll never happen.

        The Vita also has AAA game support. The closest the phone/tablet scene has are games like Infinity Blade. Although a great game, it’s no Gravity Rush.

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        1. MarSprite’s avatar

          I don’t have an android, but I thought that there was some kind of universal gamepad support built into it, provided that the software made use of the function?

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          1. seife’s avatar

            But its crap (written with an android phone)

  13. Fox’s avatar

    so how come sony didn’t use it on their Vita?

    That’s what pisses me off about companies, with the technology nowadays, they could make the most amazing pieces of technology but because they want to give customers little by little, so they take more of your money, they don’t ,

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    1. Fox’s avatar

      nvm… ex-employee of sony, how did I miss that?

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      1. clicks’s avatar

        Plus the whole screen is a touch screen. Phone makers came out with phones that had full 3D screens but things didn’t really work out too well…

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      2. Edzo’s avatar

        because the first sentence says it is sony’s tech. seems intentionally misleading.

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  14. Stan Smith’s avatar

    Good to see $ony using that 3D technology so they have a good reason to sue over it…. (Being sarcastic if you didn’t realise)

    There are a lot of devices using glasses free 3D so why arn’t all of them getting sued too?
    LG have an Android phone that uses it so where is the lawsuit against LG?

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  15. NothingButTheTruth’s avatar

    You can sue because a device uses 3d? I guess tv companies should sue each other. This is ridiculous in my opinion.

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  16. Daydream605’s avatar

    don’t one of htc evo have 3d? there conflict in the phone arena too, wouldn’t be surprised if sony tried a sue there

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  17. Shinra358’s avatar

    The DSi game with 3D should have been used anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3lDoVwEmts

    It looks better, no eye strain, and it is recordable. They should have used that instead along with heat sensing (so that it would work for dark ppl).

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  18. Shinra358’s avatar

    Nintendo needs to pay THQ for the UDraw they stole so that THQ can get out of bankrupcy.

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