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Nintendo is being sued by Tomita Technologies over the tech used to create the 3DS' glasses-free 3D.
The lawsuit brought on by Tomita (found by Patent Arcade) centers around Tomita's U.S. Patent No. 7,417,664 titled "Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information," which relates to “technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices.” The patent was filed in 2003 and awarded in 2008. According to Patent Arcade, the lawsuit does not detail exactly how Nintendo infringes on Tomita's work.
Of course, from handhelds to controllers to you name it, whenever a new system or peripheral comes out these days there's almost always a lawsuit like this. Then again, we have no idea if Tomita's complaint is legit.
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LolDidn't Mean To quad post but these fools didn't make this site very iPhone friendly. I can't edit or reply to Antibes posts or my own.
Get on it GI!
Welcome to the world of patents. A lot of people don't really understand that patent trolling is a huge in the industry (something I actually want to get into, studying for in college).
Patents can take up to years to develop, it takes a lot of effort to find the perfect money-making patent. You can't just say OH I THOUGHT OF AN IDEA, you have to draw/write out a blueprint of exactly how it will be utilized and if it's feasible. Then it takes months to years to develop the perfect patent. We call those people patent engineers.
Patent Arcade is known to buy companies to own the rights of these patents, then go after companies who infringe upon them (not pay for the rights before using it). Sue first, ask questions later. Some companies put time into making sure they are 100% correct, taking up to a months, to a few years. Some go to negotiation first, meaning they will settle for an amount to drop the case, some go directly to court.
Patent engineers aren't just LOL ILL JUST DOODLE SOMETHING AND GET PEOPLE TO PAY FOR IT. They work for months to years to develop the patent. Some companies pay one person, some pay a team, it can even take longer than it actually takes to develop a new call of duty. Then you have to bring it to the patent office and, like I said, demonstrate to them. There are specific patent workers that scrutinize the blueprint for months to years, these people are mainly graduates for prestigious colleges (Harvard, MIT, etc), at least for major patents.
So before you say LOL TOMITA IS LAZY and shun them as the devil, look into the process.
Both are at fault, Patent Arcade, being the Patent troll of the business is known to sue before 100% guaranteed. Nintendo, if they were incorrect, should of made sure they paid for all the rights for the patents they used, maybe hire people to look into the specific patents they used.
Sue happy. Nintendo began working on the 3DS technology once they released the DS. And the way technology and fads are evolving, any companies involved with screens will be implementing 3D. Why not make it better, and make it non-uncomfortable-glasses needed? So silly. Every company is, more than likely, working on glasses-free 3D viewing.
Further proof that patents and copyrights suck... yes I know they're necessary, but they still suck.
Hey Tomita, I LOVE my 3DS, so hahaha!
I think suing Nintendo is kinda like suing Google, only with video games.
Tomita Tech bite off
If you think about it, Nintendo was messing with 3D back with the Virtual Boy... Oh, but the Virtual Boy was released in 2009, right Tomita?
Anyone seen Flash of Genius?
Honestly, if you patent something it should be required that you actually use that idea within the next few years, because if not then you are likely to be just sitting on it for the sake of it and have no reason to even have the idea patented.
I guess we'll know the verdict in 5 years
I'm pretty sure if Nintendo began development on the 3DS before this guy's patent was awarded in 2008 than this case would hold no merit. I'm not sure though, don't really know much about patent laws or how extensive they may be.
HAHA I know some own Sued Over 3DS Tech.... :D
Man it's like no matter what newsfeed I'm checking somebody is either suing someone or is threatening to sue someone. Can't we all just get along? Plus it's for GAMING not just 3d.
What a bunch of ***. Always someone out there to rain on everyone's parade.
Why work when you can sue somebody and take their money?
nintendo, i hope you win