A New York federal jury has ruled that Nintendo infringed on inventor Seijiro Tomita's 3D technology with their handheld 3DS, Reuters reports. The jury awarded Mr. Tomita $US30.2 million in compensatory damages. Yow.
In opening arguments last month, Tomita's attorney, Joe Diamante, told the jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Nintendo used technology that Tomita developed for its 3DS. Tomita is a former longtime Sony Corp employee.
But Scott Lindvall, a defence attorney for the Super Mario Bros franchise creator, argued that the 3DS doesn't use key aspects of Tomita's patent.
Lindvall also said a 2003 meeting with Nintendo officials that Tomita cited in his argument was merely one of several the company held with vendors selling 3-D display technology.
We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update if and when we hear back.