Nintendo must pay royalty percentage to Tomita Technologies over patent infringement of 3D camera technology. A U.S. District Judge, Jed Rakoff, rules that 1.82 percent of each 3DS sold will go to Tomita.
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The reason for a royalty percentage instead of a fixed amount was decided upon a fact that Nintendo’s 3DS price declined.
"If, as Tomita suggests, the ongoing royalty rate were expressed as a flat dollar amount per unit sold, Tomita would capture an increasingly large proportion of each sale as the price falls, even as the technology's reliance on the infringed patent remains constant," Judge Rakoff wrote. "This would result in an unearned windfall for Tomita, and, accordingly, the court prefers an ongoing royalty rate expressed as a percentage of wholesale price."
Tomita Technology company took Nintendo to court in 2011 for allegedly infringing on their 3D patent which was used in the gaming system. A former Sony engineer who retired after working for the company for 30 years decided to take a new career in research and inventions. One of his 70 patents was the one named “Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information.” Which deals with “technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices.”
Nintendo 3DS system allegedly infringes this patent regarding 3D camera technology that lets users experience a 3D environment without the need of a 3D glasses. The case has finally come to an end and in favour of Tomita. Bad times for the company, the 3DS has been their most successful console and now the dark cloud spreads over. This is the only thing that makes money for the Nintendo at the moment, while Wii U disappointed big time.
Second time Nintendo has to pay for patent infringement charges against Tomita. Last year in March, Seijiro Tomita sued them and got over $15 million in damage. Sued twice over the same thing, which some even say doesn't concern the video game technology. We hope Nintendo will see better days soon.
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