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Objection! Nintendo in the midst of a Switch lawsuit regarding Joy-Cons

12 August 2017

The lawsuit claims that the Nintendo Switch and its detachable Joy-Con controllers closely resemble what Gamevice had in mind for their own take on a game controller.

Gamevice is demanding that Nintendo stop selling the Switch, cover all costs related to the lawsuit, and pay for damages caused by infringing on the patent. Just like Nintendo's design, the Gamevice controllers also attach to both sides of a mobile device, keeping the display firmly in the middle.

A US company claims Nintendo's Switch infringes its patents and is demanding a sales freeze.

According to Engadget, Gamevice started working on Wikipad with grand ambitions in 2012. As I'm sure you are already aware, the Nintendo Switch is powered by NVIDIA's mobile Tegra processor. Now if you haven't heard of the Wikipad, it is a gaming accessory for android devices with add-on controllers. Of course, as you can see with the Wikipad image below, the two devices look similar, so it's not exactly surprising to see why this lawsuit was filed.

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The latest reports show that Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 million Switch units so far. For starters, the Wikipad's controller is a single piece, while the Joy-Cons are two individual controllers. It was first released in 2013, long before the Switch was even rumoured.

Nintendo is on a hot streak with the Nintendo Switch, and that means it's time for failing companies to hop on the bandwagon and try to exploit that success by any means.

Nintendo has always been considered a company that likes to experiment and create new devices that might seem weird but in the end prove to be great, ergonomic, state of the art technology.

Gamevice claims that Nintendo has "directly infringed and are now directly infringing" on its patent by "making, using, selling, offering for sale, and/or importing into the United States, without authority, products and equipment that embody one or more claims" of the patent, including but not limited to the Nintendo Switch.

Objection! Nintendo in the midst of a Switch lawsuit regarding Joy-Cons