Gamevice Alleges Patent Infringement by Nintendo Switch
Gamevice, the company behind the eponymous mobile controller we reviewed last year, is suing video game and hardware developer Nintendo for patent infringement relating to the similarity of Nintendo’s click-on “joy-con” controllers and Gamevice’s own attachable controller pads.
While it is not clear if the patent - which is for a “Combination Computing Device and Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section” - applies to the Nintendo Switch, Gamevice alleges that the Switch itself acts as the bridge section between the controllers. The company is calling for both damage payments and a ban on sales of the Nintendo Switch, as it “has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice.” Even though the Switch and the Gamevice controller are obviously different products, there may be some truth to the argument that the Switch is competing with Gamevice’s products.
Patent image for Gamevice controller above, Nintendo Switch with "Joy-con" controllers below. Gamevice is suing Nintendo for patent infringement.
The lawsuit is somewhat reminiscent of Apple v. Samsung in 2011, where Samsung’s phones were accused of infringing on a design patent as they were too similar to the basic shape of the iPhone. While Samsung did pay damages and received a very limited injunction to stop marketing the infringing products, they are undoubtedly still around today.