Nintendo has been told it must pay a small portion of all future 3DS sales to another company, according to a court ruling from a US judge in New York Southern. The lawsuit gathered evidence that Nintendo infringed upon patented camera technology, belonging to Tomita Technologies, and used it without the company’s permission. The court ruled in favour of Tomita last month, saying that Nintendo must pay the company “1.82 per cent of the wholesale price” for all future 3DS sales.
Tomita Technologies has been keeping Nintendo on its toes since 2011, when the company filed for infringement against the gaming giant for using its patented 3D technology. Tomita was initially awarded $30.2 million in damages from the lawsuit last March, but an enforced ruling from the court reduced the damages to $15 million after the first sum was deemed “intrinsically excessive”.