Nintendo Being Sued by Gamevice Over Alleged Patent Violation by Switch Controllers

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Gaming hardware maker Gamevice has just sued Nintendo for the detachable controllers on the Nintendo Switch, but is there any truth to the claim?

Gamevice controller which is usable on tablets does come with two separate controllers on the front, which are connected by a flexible band on the rear side.

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They say that Nintendo's Joy-Cons infringe upon that patent, despite the absence of a flexible bridge between them (found in their WikiPad controller). It claims that the design of the Nintendo Switch's controllers is very similar to one of its products. The Gamevice allows player to control their video games using joysticks and buttons, similar to a traditional gaming experience, rather than using the device's touchscreen.

It's quite possible that the court will crush the claim, since the Switch's controller bridge bears little resemblance to Gamevice's patent. Gamevice wants Nintendo to halt the sales of Switch and is also demanding for damages in cost.

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The main point of contention here seems to be the "flexible bridge", and it looks like the entire case hinges on this. Neither Gamevice nor Nintendo have commented on the lawsuit yet.

So far neither Nintendo nor Gamevice have released further statements.

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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.

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