Nintendo Being Sued over Switch’s Design

A lawsuit has been filed against Nintendo over their latest game system. Gamevice, a company that makes game controllers for mobile devices such as iPad’s, iPhones and Samsung Mobile Devices, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, August 9th and is suing Nintendo for allegedly violating a patent for concepts used in the Wikipad.

The Wikipad was a device made by Gamevice and released in 2013 was an 7 Inch tablet with an attachable controller. According to the suit filed by Gamevice, the Joy-Con Controller for the Nintendo Switch are too close to Gamevice’s Vision of a combination of detachable game controller and a device with a “flexible bridge section.” 

The company is demanding that Nintendo not only pay for damages. But that the Nintendo switch should be banned from being sold.
As of now, there have been no comments from either Gamevice nor Nintendo regarding this lawsuit.

While this upcoming lawsuit and its outcome over patents are up to the court, this lawsuit showcases how a company can completely misunderstand key differences in product. Gamevice’s Wikipad did receive some critical acclaim when it was released back in 2013, the company did drop the device in favor of accessories for mobile devices. Nintendo is aiming for a device that is designed for both home use and portability. It’s hard to think that those who bought the Switch would be the type that would be interested in a device like the Wikipad.


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