Whenever a video game publisher releases something cool, it’s only a matter of time before another company (normally one we’ve never heard of) sues for patent infringement.
This time, it’s Nintendo versus Tomita Technologies.
Tomita has sued Nintendo for infringing on patent number 7,417,664, or more importantly, “Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information.”
In layman’s terms, the 3DS system’s glasses free 3D screen.
Tomita applied for the patent in 2003 and was approved in 2008, three years before 3DS hit store shelves.
The company filed its claim June 22, but it remains to be seen whether this will be a huge deal. Nintendo has a long history of squashing other parties in court. Stay tuned to see how this plays out.
We’ll see this in court!