A New York judge has ruled that Tomita Technologies must receive a small percentage of the wholesale proceeds from each and every Nintendo 3DS sold. As reported by Kotaku (via Law 360), this follows an August 2013 ruling that Nintendo infringed on Tomita’s patent for a “stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information”. In other words, the case revolved around a system for capturing and displaying 3D photographs.
In deciding to award Tomita Technologies 1.82% of the wholesale proceeds from each unit sold, Judge Jed Rakoff (surely a fake name) took into account that only a small percentage of 3DS games utilise the camera technology in question. This ruling is likely to cost Nintendo well over $100m over the life of the system.
To add just a little more spice to what might otherwise be perceived as rather dry business story, you should know that Tomita Technologies is the brainchild of former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita.