A federal jury in New York on March 13 ruled that Nintendo infringed on the patent of inventor Seijiro Tomita, involving the 3D display technology behind the Nintendo 3DS system.. Tomita filed the lawsuit in 2011, and the trial began last month.
According to a Reuters report, the jury has awarded Tomita a sum of $30.2 million in compensatory charges. Following the report, Nintendo of America responded to Kotaku with the following response:
A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to Tomita Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Tomita against Nintendo. The Tomita patent did not relate to the 3D games playable on the Nintendo 3DS. The trial was held in U.S. District Court in New York before Judge Jed Rakoff.
Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside. The jury’s verdict will not impact Nintendo’s continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.
Tomita's payout will not be retroactive, and we believe this is the end of a 1 1/2 year-long wait for justice on his part.