A Japanese IP court has ruled against Sony Corp. today in a lawsuit with a former employee who claimed that the company didn’t compensate him properly for technology he created that was used in the PlayStation. Japan’s Intellectual Property High Court has ordered Sony to pay former employee Hidehiro Kume approximately 5.1 million yen for his invention; "a technology used in PlayStation game consoles."
The decision reverses a lower court decision ruling that rejected Kume’s demand. The 58-year old former employee of Sony was seeking 100 million yen. Kume invented a "small optical pickup" used to play and record data on optical discs for the PlayStation sold prior to and during 2003.
Kume expressed his thanks to the court for the decision, which Sony says it will review as it considers an appeal.
"I thank the court for identifying some of my contributions to the company," Kume said at a news conference after his victory in court. "But the company should have appreciated my contributions when I was an employee."