In 2011, Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo because of the glasses-free 3D technology that makes up the primary feature on the 3DS. Tomita argued that he demoed the technology to Nintendo in 2003; a few years later his 3D display technology appeared in 3DS handhelds. A jury in a New York court has now awarded Tomita $30.2 million in damages.
Nintendo’s attorney obviously argued otherwise and claimed that the 2003 meeting was one of many that Nintendo conducted with potential 3D display providers. At the time of the initial meeting between Tomita and Nintendo, Tomita’s glasses-free 3D technology patent was pending.
Nintendo seems confident that the matter “will be set aside” and they were quick to highlight the fact that this jury ruling would not result in the prevention of 3DS sales in the US. The Japanese company ended their statement by saying, “Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”