Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

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Unfortunately, successful products usually bring the patent trolls out from the shadows. Now the accessory maker has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo over the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con design. The detachable controllers are the focus of Gamevice's claim.

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.

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.

Gamevice is suing Nintendo for allegedly infringing its patent for the Wikipad with the design of the Switch console.

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In the image above you can see Gamevice's "Wikipad".

Nintendo is accused of infringing U.S. patent number 9,126,119, called "Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section". The device features two analogue sticks, an analogue D-pad and 4 action buttons. There are a good number of tablets with controller attachments on the market that you could describe in the exact same way.

Nintendo is quite experienced at fighting patent infringement lawsuits targeting its hardware. After all, Nintendo managed to popularise something that many smaller companies have been attempting for a few years now.

With Gamevice's lawsuit against Nintendo, it could possibly become a threat to the Switch's success moving forward.

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