Nintendo Won't Have to Pay $30.2 Million, As 3DS Case Overturned

A judge has overturned a ruling in a former Sony inventor's case against Nintendo.

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A federal court has overturned a previous ruling related to a Nintendo 3DS lawsuit brought against Nintendo from a former Sony inventor, meaning the Mario company will not have to pay $30.2 million. In 2013, Nintendo lost a patent lawsuit and was on the hook for the sum. At the time, Nintendo said it was "confident that the result will be set aside," and now that has happened.

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Federal judge Jed Rakoff ruled in New York this week that the 3DS does not infringe a patent on 3D display technology as was claimed by Seijiro Tomita and Tomita Technologies USA, in a case that dates back to 2011.

Here is more from Nintendo's statement:

"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."

Nintendo litigation and compliance director Ajay Singh said in a statement that the company is "very pleased" with the court's findings and mentioned Nintendo'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," he said.

In 2013, Tomita's attorneys told jurors that he showed a prototype of his technology to seven Nintendo officials at a 2003 meeting, four of which would go on to assist in the creation of the 3DS. Nintendo argued against this, saying Tomita's 2003 meeting with Nintendo was merely one of many the Mario maker had with merchants selling 3D technology.

The former Sony inventor originally sued Nintendo in 2011, claiming he was entitled to $9.80 for every 3DS sold. By Nintendo's latest count, it has sold almost 58 million systems.

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And now for the appeal of the appeal.....

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I imagine that the guy who had this overturned will appeal this decision. this is going to go on for a while.

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As usual the American ju$tice system protects big business by default the little people dont even have a chance anymore it's so corrupted. Hope Nintendo at least gives the guy a free 3DS since they stole his invention to make it.

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@onlinevegabond: Note that even if he had won, and even if the tech actually was very similar (in many patent cases, it obviously isn't, and such suits are essentially just abuses of the patent system) that still wouldn't mean Nintendo "stole" his invention. Patents apply even in cases of independent invention.

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@onlinevegabond: His kids are probably sad and depressed since he most likely forces them to play Vita while everyone else enjoys Monster Hunter on the 3DS in 3D. I feel sorry for them...id call child services if i could, but im not sure we have a solid case.

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Congrats Nintendo.

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