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Judge halves $30.2M patent infringement award against Nintendo

  • A federal judge halved yesterday the $30.2M award a jury granted inventor Seijiro Tomita in his patent infringement suit against Nintendo (NTDOY.PK -0.8%). Tomita must decide whether to take the reduced amount or proceed to a new damages trial by Aug. 23.
  • The patent in question covers technology for viewing 3-D images without wearing 3-D glasses.
  • Judge Jed Rakoff called the jury award "intrinsically excessive." In his decision, Rakoff cited evidence presented during the trial that Nintendo's 3DS is not profitable and that the majority of its games do not make use of the technology.
  • The judge denied Nintendo's other motions to overturn the jury's verdict or grant a new liability trial.
  • Previous: Nintendo cleared of infringement in dispute with Cooper Innovations
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