Nintendo's been slapped with patent infringement lawsuits before, but this week the console giant didn't manage to walk away victorious from one particular case regarding the Nintendo 3DS. A jury in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has yesterday ruled that Nintendo has indeed infringed on a patent from Tomita Technologies which concerns the display of stereoscopic 3D without need of special eyewear.
While Nintendo did not deny they had previously consulted with Tomita over his glasses-free 3D technology (as he first presented it to the console giant as far back as 2003 when they were still prototyping the 3DS), the console giant alleged that it had in fact met with many other display technology makers around the same time period before forging ahead with the 3DS in earnest nearly a decade later. Patent holder Seijiro Tomita first took Nintendo to court back in July 2011, and has now been awarded a whopping $30.2 million USD in compensatory damages as a result of the jury's ruling on the case in favour of Tomita.
Incidentally the suit did not include any additional provisions such as an injunction on hardware sales, so thus far there will be no effects on Nintendo's ability to continue selling 3DS handhelds in the U.S. A $30.2 million settlement isn't exactly chump change, however!