Gamevice files lawsuit against Nintendo over dispatchable switch controller Joy-Con design
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2017-08-14
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Gamevice files lawsuit against Nintendo over dispatchable switch controller Joy-Con design

Nintendo, the Japanese console maker seems to be in serious trouble with regards to the design of its new switch controllers. Gamevice, a global giant in the gaming industry has recently filed a lawsuit against Nintendo, claiming that the latter’s latest switch controller design named Joy-Con is very much similar to their own product. The suit, filed a few days earlier in California, alleges the video game developer on the grounds of infringing on a patent that was first filed by Wikipad, now taken over by Gamevice in 2012. As claimed by the plaintiff, Nintendo’s Switch and its detachable controllers are very much similar to Gamevice’s vision of integrating a removable controller and a device with flexible bridge section, which they were granted back in 2015. Not surprisingly through this lawsuit, Gamevice cries for both compensation loss and the enforcement of an immediate ban on production and switch sales.

Since the launch of the colsole, in March 2017, Nintendo has already sold around 4.7 million units of switches, cite reliable sources. It is also being reported that the Japanese switch maker already recorded a revenue collection of approximately of USD 1.41 billion (JPY 154.07 billion) by now, with a profit margin of around JPY 16.21 billion in the first quarter of the year only. The suit filed by Gamevice urges that Nintendo’s switch design, which includes two controllers that are capable of sliding easily into the tablet for portable gaming, infringes on a patent that Gamevice owned back in 2015 under the name of Wikipad Inc.

The lawsuit filing, as depicted by market analysts, to some extent, is an epilogue of a long-running story. The Wikipad team under the banner of Gamevice started out their massive plan of tablet gaming featuring a removable video game controller, early in 2012. The device originally was meant to go onboard from October 2012, but on the eve of its launch, it got delayed to June 2013. Created under the name of Wikipad in 2008, Gamevice was granted the patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015. The company now claims that Nintendo has directly or indirectly infringed on at least one of the patents that it owns. Although as per reliable data so far, Nintendo's switch controllers and Gamevice’s patent clearly have some differences, subject to the fact that Nintendo's Joy-Con switch controllers are not connected by flexible bridges. However, since the suit has already been filed, it now remains to be seen whether the court issues the legal summons to the defendant.



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