Nintendo sued over 3DS technology by ex-Sony engineer

Posted on Jul 7 2011 - 6:35pm by Julius

A company called Tomita Technologies sued gaming console maker Nintendo, claiming that it violated its patents concerning the glasses-free 3D screen of the new 3Ds.

As reported, Seijiro Tomita, a former employee of Sony who worked for the company for 30 years, said to have applied for a patent in 2003 that relates to glasses-free 3D displays. The patent, that was defined as”stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information,” have similarities to Nintendo’s new 3DS hand-held platform. The patent was awarded in August 2008.

“Mr. Tomita has done substantial research and development in the area of stereoscopic display technology. Among other things, Mr. Tomita invented and developed technology relating to displaying stereoscopic (3-D) images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices,” according to the lawsuit filed by Mr. Tomita in New York last month. Tee suit also notes that the patent has been licensed by other parties because of its “importance and uniqueness.”

A part of Tomita’s suit has requested to stop Nintendo from producing products that use the 3DS technology and that Nintendo pay the company for all the damages it caused and legal fees.

The Nintendo 3DS was first announced in March 2010 and was unveiled in June 2010 at E3. The hand-held gaming console was launched in Japan and the US in February 2011, followed by a worldwide release a month after.


via: Shack News

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