Nintendo finds itself slapped with another potential lawsuit alleging that the console giant's hardware has somehow infringed on an existing technology patent filed by another company.
Tomita Technologies wants to put Nintendo on the legal hot seat because the firm claims that Nintendo's implementation of glasses-free stereoscopic 3D in the 3DS handheld infringes on a U.S. Patent it was issued back in August 2008.
Tomita Technologies' patent, titled “Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information", describes "technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices."
That sounds awfully like the glasses-free 3D used in the 3DS, though Tomita Technolgies did not specifically detail exactly how the handheld infringes on its aforementioned patent. To this end, the company is requesting that the court determine that Nintendo deliberately and willingly infringed on the patent in order to produce the 3DS. Tomita Technologies is also requesting damages caused by the alleged infringement, naturally.
Founded by a former Sony engineer in 2002, Tomita Technologies reportedly holds 70 technology patents. The company explains in its suit that it has in fact licensed its stereoscopic 3D technology outlined in the patent Nintendo allegedly infringed to other companies in the past.