A federal judge has ruled that Nintendo must pay out $15 million to an ex-Sony employee, who owns a patent for the glasses-free 3D tech used in 3DS handhelds.
Engineer Seijiro Tomita won his patent infringement case back in March, but as of yesterday, federal judge Jed Rakoff halved the payout from $30 to $15 million; describing the original sum as "intrinsically excessive and unsupported by the evidence presented at trial". However, this verdict was based on the assumption that the 3DS is not profitable - which was accurate in 2011 but now somewhat different due to the console's strong sales and software lineup.
"Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and is confident that none of its products infringes the asserted patent," stated Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta. "Nintendo will appeal the jury's verdict and reduced damages award to the court of appeals." They may have trouble doing so, however, considering Rakoff's refusal to allow them to overturn the jury's decision. [CVG]
Anyway, that's a fun little bit of legal chicanery to brighten up your Thursday afternoon.