Nintendo Is Getting Sued For Switch Control Design

Alain Brian
Août 13, 2017

Nintendo is being sued by accessory company Gamevice over the Switch's design. According to the company, Nintendo has violated a patent that they filed back in 2012 for their Android based tablet "The Wikipad".

Gamevice, which was created under the name Wikipad in 2008 and co-founded by the current CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2015, around a year before the Switch was first revealed to the market. They claim they had come up with the idea for a tablet that had detachable controllers and a device with a "flexible bridge section", before releasing the Wikipad in 2013. It features dual analog sticks, four analog buttons, and an analog D-pad.

In the Nintendo lawsuit, Gamevice is seeking to receive damages for the infringement and to have production and sales of the Nintendo Switch banned.

What do you think of the situation between Gamevice and Nintendo? The complaint, however, did not specify an amount for the demanded damages. Depending on the result of this outcome, Nintendo might have to redesign the Switch controller.

With sales doing extremely well and expected to do even better over the upcoming holiday shopping season, the lawsuit that Gamevice launched against Nintendo and the Nintendo Switch could be seen as an attempt to leech off the hybrid console's success. In fact, the console could mark a new era for Nintendo, as its hybrid nature could allow the company to eventually drop its two-gadget strategy.

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