Tomita Claiming Nintendo 3DS Patent Infringement

It would certainly seem that there’s a patent for just about everything, recently we reported on one that we are wondering if Facebook will use on Google+ about the digital image tagging. Now we have heard about another potential patent infringement and this is by the Nintendo 3DS as claimed by Tomita.

The Nintendo 3DS has been looked upon in two different ways, it’s been seen as revolutionary with its 3D glassessless screen utilizing multi-layered imaging. It’s been seen as one of the devices of the future, a possible trend setter however, not everyone sees it as the best thing since sliced bread.

If you look at the sales of the Nintendo 3DS, as expected they started off pretty well, but things can change very quickly and they did. The sales have slowed and as things stand they are less than impressive. We still believe that this is partly down to the poor line up of games that it launched with and the facts that the online store wasn’t available and not all the features were loaded onto the 3DS.

You would think that if the Nintendo 3DS launched with the Zelda remake of Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart and a Super Mario game then it would have made headlines as an instant success. The fact that the new Zelda game has only just hit the market is a disappointment.

We learned of the apparent patent infringement through an article over on Slashgear by Shane McGlaun. This particular patent covers the technology for viewing in 3D without the use of glasses and apparently they filed for it back in 2008. We are informed that the patent number is 7,417,664 and it carries the title of “Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information.” Quite a mouthful!

So far Nintendo has said nothing about what is happening or what they have to do but we would expect that Tomita will want some kind of licensing fees from the gaming giants. The original source of this information came through neowin.net where John Callaham reminds us of some of the history of the device. Remember we saw if back in June 2010 at E3 for a 2012 launch in February and March around the world. Something we aren’t sure about is why it’s only Nintendo in the firing line as other manufacturers are also making use of the technology.

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