Former Sony engineer, Seijiro Tomito, won a lawsuit against Nintendo in March. The company was supposed to pay him $30 million for having infringed upon his patent for technology that allows for 3D images without the need for 3D glasses. The amount of the payout was changed on Wednesday.

According to CVG, federal judge Jed Rakoff said that Tomita must take $15 million or receive nothing at all. Rakoff said that $30 million for the infringement was "intrinsically excessive and unsupported by the evidence presented at trial."

Charlie Scibetta, a spokesperson for Nintendo, said in a statement that "Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and is confident that none of its products infringes the asserted patent," and that "Nintendo will appeal the jury's verdict and reduced damages award to the court of appeals."

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