Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled today in favor of a former Sony employee who sought compensation for inventing a component used in the original PlayStation. The decision overturns a lower court ruling that had rejected the man's lawsuit.
Hidehiro Kume, 58, had been seeking ¥100 million ($1.18 million) for creating a "small optical pickup used to play and record data on optical discs" in the PS1, according to iStockAnalyst
. The component was used in the approximately three bajillion
PS1s manufactured and sold before and during 2003. The court has ordered Sony to pay Kume about ¥5.1 million ($60,000).
''I thank the court for identifying some of my contributions to the company,'' Kume said during a news conference following the ruling. ''But the company should have appreciated my contributions when I was an employee.''
A Sony representative said the company would take a closer look at the ruling before deciding whether to appeal.