On Friday, an appeals court found in favor of Nintendo again over a case that was settled almost a year ago. Tomita Technologies filed a case against Nintendo for the 3D screen technology that didn’t require eyewear and originally won the judgment in 2013. Nintendo, of course, appealed the decision in 2014 and the case was overturned in April 2016. So naturally, Tomita filed an appeal of the appeal, because that’s what you do in the lawsuit game. On March 17, a U.S. Appeals Court sided with Nintendo, effectively bringing the entire matter to a close. Or at least for now, who knows if Tomita will file another appeal or if their legal options have been exhausted. Nintendo issued a statement over the ruling this morning.
“We are very pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance. “Nintendo 3DS has never used the technology in Tomita’s patent, and the Court’s ruling confirms Nintendo’s long tradition of using its own innovative technology. This case also proves once again that Nintendo will aggressively defend patent lawsuits when our products do not infringe, even when we must do so over many years, through multiple trials and in multiple countries.”