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Nintendo Ordered To Pay Ex-Sony Engineer $15m Over 3DS Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo Ordered To Pay Ex-Sony Engineer m Over 3DS Tech

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.

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Late  Aug. 15, 2013 at 14:19

The guy invented the tech whilst working for Sony, but patented it himself? Rather lax of Sony. Thought they'd own all thoughts and ideas their employees have.
The legal adviser to their HR department wants sacking.

theslickmeister  Aug. 16, 2013 at 08:20

The guy invented the tech whilst working for Sony, but patented it himself? Rather lax of Sony. Thought they'd own all thoughts and ideas their employees have.
The legal adviser to their HR department wants sacking.


True, most developer contracts usually state something along the lines of 'anything you create while under our employment belongs to us'. However the article doesn't state that he invented the tech whist working for Sony, just that he happens to own the patent for the tech, and also worked for Sony previous ... whether these two overlap is to be seen :/

Last edited by theslickmeister, Aug. 16, 2013 at 08:20

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