Nintendo Facing Lawsuit Over Switch Design

James Marshall
August 11, 2017

Nintendo is quite experienced at fighting patent infringement lawsuits targeting its hardware.

In 2015, Gamevice released a device of the same name-a game controller created to work with both Apple and Samsung devices which includes a collection of traditional gaming controls, allowing gamers to play on their smartphones and tablet devices.

Gamevice is suing Nintendo for allegedly infringing the patents used in its Android gaming tablet the Wikipad, and its add-on controllers for phones and tablets, Engadget reported.

Nintendo is accused of infringing USA patent number 9,126,119, called "Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section". Then a company claiming to own a patent describing handheld systems including the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS filed a lawsuit that also had to be fought and won.

As usual, the wording in the patent makes it quite hard to fully understand what is being detailed.

But patent banter aside, what's really interesting about the lawsuit is how much is at stake - Gamesvice is calling not only for damages, but a sweeping ban on Switch sales. Needless to say, this accessory was designed in a way in that you could play mobile games using traditional console controls.

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