Veteran games developer and console maker Nintendo has been taken to court by Tomita Technologies over an alleged infringement of a 2003 patent for glasses-free stereoscopic 3D tech.

The new lawsuit isn't the first time Nintendo has been accused of ripping-off other company's innovations for its consoles. The Wii's motion control Wii Remote and Balance Board all received similar allegations.

In the suit Tomita Technologies has claimed that fully half of the 3DS' screens infringe upon its patent.

The Japanese corporation reportedly filed the suit against Nintendo last month in the Southern District of New York.

The patent in question was filed by Tomita in March 2003 with the inventor listed as Seijiro Tomita. A central crux of the case is that the patent specifically noted that the technology could be used for a device capable of displaying 3D without the need for special glasses.

As a part of the suit Tomita has requested that the court stop Nintendo from producing any further products using the 3DS tech and that Nintendo recompense the company for all damages and legal fees.

Nintendo is yet to comment on the allegations or whether the new suit could affect the release of its forthcoming next generation Wii U console.