Nintendo Switch Lawsuit: Gamevice Alleges Wikipad Patent Infringement

Nintendo Is Getting Sued over the Switch's Design, Apparently

Nintendo Is Getting Sued over the Switch's Design, Apparently

Gamevice said it has no comment on the case when approached by Engadget, and Nintendo has yet to chime on the matter.

"Nintendo's infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice, and Gamevice will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury unless and until that infringement is enjoined by this court", said the complaint. A tablet/mobile device slides into the device to allow you to play mobile games with traditional console controls. The tablet portion of the Switch is also in question since Gamevice claims that Nintendo's solution for attaching the Joy-Con is close to its device with a "flexible bridge section", Engadget has learned. The Wikipad is an Android tablet with its own controller, with a layout similar to that of the Switch when it's in Tablet mode.

In addition to damages, the company is also calling for the Nintendo Switch to be banned from sale.

The Switch launched in March and has sold 4.7 million units by Nintendo's latest count. Most recently, the Japanese gaming firm released the 3.0.1 system software update for the console, which fixed issues with the Switch's battery charge indicator. The early concept for the Wii U from 2012 is evidence of this. While there are differences between the Switch and Gamevice's products, I couldn't say whether or not they're enough to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

Accessory maker Gamesvice recently began legal proceedings against the company, filing a lawsuit against Nintendo that alleges the Switch's removable Joy-Con controllers violate a patent acquired by the comparatively diminutive firm when it was developing the Wikipad.

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