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Nintendo lessens loss in 3DS patent dispute

Judge cuts payment to former Sony inventor 50% to $15.1 million; Nintendo to appeal further

Nintendo this week won a partial victory in a patent suit brought by a former Sony inventor over its use of 3D technology in the 3DS. As reported by Bloomberg, a US District Court judge ruled that a $30.2 million jury award to the inventor, Seijiro Tomita, was unreasonably large.

"The jury's damages award was at least twice as large as the amount a reasonable jury could have awarded based on the evidence presented at trial and thereby must have involved the degree of excessive speculation that shocks the judicial conscience," the judge wrote in his decision.

Tomita has the option of accepting a $15.1 million award or going through a new trial to determine damages.

While the judge's decision went in Nintendo's favor, it didn't go far enough to satisfy the 3DS maker. A representative told Bloomberg that the company would be appealing the jury's verdict as well as the reduced damages award.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
I never understood how Nintendo is the target in this suit. Nintendo is using screens from Sharp who are responsible for the parallax barrier technology that enables the 3D. Nintendo is only a license holder of Sharp's technology. If any technology were infringed upon, it was Sharp that did it, not Nintendo.
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster3 years ago
@Jim

Could be a remix of the old 'on the internet' patent joke. It's possible that it doesn't actually infringe on the patent until it's used for a gaming device.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
Andrew, that may be possible. Though I know Sharp's screens are used in many phone and tablets that are marketed as a gaming devices (as all phones and tablets are marketed these days).
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster3 years ago
True, but I doubt any of them sell as well as, and would represent as easy a lawsuit as the 3DS would. 3D smartphones came and went a while back, and didn't sell too well then, and I don't know of anyone else with parallax barrier 3D mobile games console, let alone one that's selling like Nintendo's.
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Steve Goldman Journalist. 3 years ago
3ds is just fine without all this
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