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Topic: Nintendo Found Guilty of Patent Infringement for 3DS Technology?

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CM30

1. Posted:

I wonder how this will affect the console's future. They've just lost a court case against them by ex Sony engineer Seijiro Tomita, who took them to court for infringing his glasses free 3D technology. The jury ordered them to pay out about 30 million dollars too.

http://nintendo3dsdaily.com/nintendo3dsnews/nintendo-found-gu...

http://mynintendonews.com/2013/03/13/nintendo-to-pay-former-s...

So yeah, wonder how this might affect things in future? Might it make Nintendo hesitant of glasses free 3D for a while?

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Bankai

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I did not see this coming. I assumed it was a patent troll.

Apparently not. Nintendo was in the wrong. Looks like this ex-Sony guy is going get some nice royalties moving forward.

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Retro_on_theGo

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Oh...GOD! How does this effect the console's future? And Nintendo? D:

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I'm now worried......

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Pocket change... >:3

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NINTENDO IS DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TheConsonant

7. Posted:

That's nothing, they've lost things before and many other companies have had similar things happen to them. Nintendo will be fine and things will continue as normal.

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Dr_Groose

8. Posted:

I'm actually wondering why the guy who worked for Sony presented the idea to Nintendo and not Sony

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Bankai

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Nintendo is so innovative that it steals patents.

Sorry, that was just too easy :P

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Retro_on_theGo

10. Posted:

Bankai wrote:

I did not see this coming. I assumed it was a patent troll.

Apparently not. Nintendo was in the wrong. Looks like this ex-Sony guy is going get some nice royalties moving forward.

you're the journalist here! How big of a problem could this be for Nintendo!? D:

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Bulbousaur

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If the sentence was just to pay the money, this won't affect them in the long run. For a big corporation like Nintendo, $30 million admittedly isn't that much compared to their $8 billion in income. The court hasn't ordered the 3DS to be taken of the shelves or anything, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Happy_Mask

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I don't see this, or the thread surrounding it ending well. :P

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Kaine_Morrison

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The Judge is an idiot, so is the Jury.
Read his Patent Design the read Nintendo's.
They are NOTHING alike.
His uses Cameras to track the played to adjust the 3D.
Nintendo's needs to be at a fixed point.
His has only one Screen.
Nintendo uses 2.

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SheldonRandoms

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@Red_Kinetic Maybe the Judge and Jury were Sony and Playstation fans?

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TheConsonant

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Red_Kinetic wrote:

The Judge is an idiot, so is the Jury.
Read his Patent Design the read Nintendo's.
They are NOTHING alike.
His uses Cameras to track the played to adjust the 3D.
Nintendo's needs to be at a fixed point.
His has only one Screen.
Nintendo uses 2.

The fact that the 3DS has two screens has nothing to do with it. And nintendo's can actually be viewed at different points just not for the same reasons and will pretty much kill your eyes and brain if you're not viewing it dead on.

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Bankai

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The Judge is an idiot, so is the Jury.
Read his Patent Design the read Nintendo's.
They are NOTHING alike.
His uses Cameras to track the played to adjust the 3D.
Nintendo's needs to be at a fixed point.
His has only one Screen.
Nintendo uses 2.

I think the court case was more complext than six sentences, actually.

you're the journalist here! How big of a problem could this be for Nintendo!? D:

Not much. Even if Nintendo has to pay the 30 million and then royalties afterwards, it's still going to be able to produce the 3DS, so relax :)

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Morphbug

18. Posted:

Oh wow.

Let's hope this doesn't attract more crows.

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@RedKinetic
Respectfully, you do not understand how patent law and infringement violations are judged. They are far more complex and convoluted than the bullet points you mentioned.

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This is not going to hurt Ninty very much at all. They'll pay out the sum (which may get lowered either by the court, or via appeal), and possibly have to pay this dude a tiny fraction for units sold (or they may not; i don't know what the judgment specifically said as far as damages — it may be that the lump sum is all is/will be awarded).

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