After a two year battle, Nintendo has been found guilty on charges of infringing on a patent for 3D display technology by former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita.
The filing of the law suit was due to the claim that neither Nintendo of Japan nor Nintendo of America were qualified to license the technology as other third parties had. While Nintendo claims that the key aspects of Tomita's technology have not been used, a New York federal jury has agreed that Nintendo will compensate the former Sony employee 30.2 million dollars.
In a statement from Nintendo of America, they clarified that the "Tomita patent did not relate to the 3D games playable on the Nintendo 3DS" and that the "jury's verdict will not impact Nintendo's continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS."
Nintendo assures that they have a long history of respecting the rights of others' technology while still developing innovating technology of their own.
Source: Gamasutra, IGN