Nintendo under Investigation Due to Potential Patent Infringement


However, for now Nintendo is free to continue selling the Switch and the company is very experienced at fighting patent lawsuits. The complaint specifically references the importation into and sale of devices in the United States that infringe patents.

It looks like Gamevice is taking another whack at Nintendo, hoping to get a cease and desist on shipments of the Nintendo Switch to the US, claiming that it infringes on their patents surrounding their controllers. This time around, Gamevice claims that Nintendo has infringed upon its patents in place with the Nintendo Switch.

Gamevice clearly isn't going to give up on this patent violation and just increased the pressure on Nintendo. The ITC wants to examine "certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof" produced by Nintendo.

Gamevice's Wikipad (A) and detachable controllers for mobile devices (B) as pictured in a previous lawsuit.

The USITC notes that an investigation doesn't mean that the complaint has any merit or validity.

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I doubt that Gamevice is doing this as a way to be a Grinch and shut down all Switch sales in the United States, to direct all people that want a hybrid system to buy a Gamevice.

Like Joy-Cons, Gamevice's detachable controllers are created to attach to a screen by sliding down from the top, but the devices are made to fit with and connect to a variety of third-party tablets.

So, don't be surprised if a settlement announcement is made at some point between Gamevice and Nintendo over this patent dispute, especially if the US International Trade Commission makes a decision that hurts Nintendo. If the commission rules against Nintendo, there's no guarantee the cease and desist order would be issued. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing.

This isn't the first time that the Japanese console maker has been the target of complaints recently, as last week we reported that the company was being investigated for its non-compliant practices on the Nintendo eShop platform.