Nintendo may have been the first company to make their glasses free 3D technology available to the widespread public in the form of the 3DS, but they may not have been the first ones to actually come up with the technology. Instead a company known as Tomita Technologies has filed a patent suit against Nintendo saying that the 3DS’ stereoscopic display violates their patent.
According to Patent Arcade, Tomita’s patent is for “technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices.” This patent was issued in 2008 by the government and can be viewed here. The company’s complaint against Nintendo did not go into detail as to how Nintendo violated their copyright. We’ll keep you updated as to whether or not this lawsuit will move forward or be dropped.