Nintendo Sued By Gamevice Alleging Patent Infringement
Nintendo Sued Nintendo Co. Ltd. (NTDOY.PK) has been sued by Gamevice, a U.S. mobile gaming accessory maker, for alleged patent infringement.
California-based Gamevice makes add-on video game controllers for tablets and smartphones. The company has filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
In its lawsuit, Gamevice alleges that the Nintendo Switch infringes on a patent filed by the company in 2012 that served as the core to the Wikipad gaming tablet and to Gamevice’s detachable snap-on controllers for mobile phones as well as tablets.
The Switch uses two controllers called Joy-Cons. Gamevice says that Nintendo infringes U.S. patent number 9,126,119 called “Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section”.
Nintendo has sold 4.7 million units of the Switch after it was launched in March this year. The USP of the device, which succeeds Wii U, is that it can switch from being a handheld gaming device to a video game console that can be plugged with a TV.
“Nintendo’s infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice, and Gamevice will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury unless and until that infringement is enjoined by this Court,” Gamevice said.
Gamevice asked the court to award it damages and also order Nintendo to stop making as well as selling the Switch.