Nintendo sued over 3DS console's 3D technology

Nintendo launched its 3DS portable console earlier this year with the main new feature being its 3D graphics that don't need glasses to view. Now a US-Japan company is claiming that Nintendo has violated its patents concerning that particular features. According to Patent Arcade, the company doing the suing is Tomita Technologies. The lawsuit itself was filed on June 22 in New York.

The lawsuit claims that Nintendo has violated one of Tomita Technologies's many patents. Specifically the patent is U.S. Patent No. 7,417,664, otherwise known as "Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information." The patent was first applied for in 2008 and concerns "technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices."

Tomita Technologies alleges that the Nintendo 3DS console is infringing on its patent for its 3D technology. However the lawsuit did not go into detail on how the 3DS console infringes on Tomita's patent. So far Nintendo has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

First announced back in March 2010, the Nintendo 3DS console was first shown to the public at E3 in June 2010. It is the latest portable console in the DS line which began with the original Nintendo DS in late 2004. The 3DS console launched in Japan in February 2011 and in the US and other parts of the world in March 2011. However the initial sales of the 3DS console have not yet met Nintendo's own expectations.

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Geez... Didn't Nintendo have patent issues with a company claiming they invented the Wii Remote... now you have a company that says they invented the No glasses 3D screen. I think it is nice and everything that you can patent future technology... but but Nintendo did not create the screens. They are selling a device that untizes these screens. Why are they not going after the manufacturer of the screens. That is basically the technology. Patents were not meant to really be used like this... again they were meant to force people to come up with new ideas and it has just turned into oh I put something on paper most of the time and did not have a working model and I own anyone who actually does the work. Or that is what it seems like. Many other cases I can understand if a company has a product or has been developing the product and another company comes along and builds it too... but that is not the case many time sover... Boo!

Jdawg683 said,

is there something else?

We sell a fair few 3D camcorders at work that utilise 3D technology in the same way the 3DS does. I also thought new Smartphones like the HTC EVO 3D does it in the same way? Or no? (We don't have them in the UK so my knowledge on them is limited unfortunately).

there are also TVs that use this tech. the only issue with the TV is that you need to stand in a certain spot or you will not see the 3D effect (which renders this usage scenario to just a tech demo and not much more)

NeoandGeo said,
I should have patented a "handheld cellular device with an LCD screen" back in the 80's. I would be rich.

unfortunately, patents dont last forever

DerpDerp said,
Another "Land of the free and home of the brave" patent whoring success story!

I dont think its patent whoring they applied for the patent in 2008 and 3DS was announced mid 2010, its not like they just bought up the patent after the 3DS was announced/released.

TheLegendOfMart said,

I dont think its patent whoring they applied for the patent in 2008 and 3DS was announced mid 2010, its not like they just bought up the patent after the 3DS was announced/released.

Yeah it is. Their patent also uses a method that differs in places from Nintendos method. But quite a bit of the wording is very generic. I'm actually more amazed they didn't try to sue more people for their 'recording' technology.