A New York federal jury this week found Nintendo Co. infringed on a 2008 patent related to the use of glasses-free 3D technology found the popular Nintendo 3DS handheld.
Seijiro Tomita, the inventor, was awarded $30.2 million in compensatory damages.
Tomita sued Nintendo in 2011 and claimed the company infringed on his patent for use of 3D technology without the use of special glasses after a meeting in 2003 to discuss the technology.
Nintendo countered that Tomita was one of several vendors it met with and did not infringe on key elements of the patent.
Nintendo in Jan. cut sales projections for the Nintendo 3DS to 15 million units from 17.5 million units. It has sold 29.84 million 3DS units to date.
The company posted a profit of $160 million for the first nine months to Dec. By comparison the company recorded a $531 million loss the year prior. It reported revenue of $5.9 billion, down from $6.1 billion the year prior. Finally, the company’s operating loss narrowed to $64.4 million from $180.4 million one year prior.