Nintendo sued over alleged patent violations in the Switch's design


Nintendo sued over alleged patent violations in the Switch's design

The Nintendo Switch might be the year's must-buy console, but that doesn't mean it's all plain sailing for the Japanese gaming giant - as a new lawsuit aimed at the multinational proves.

Video games maker Nintendo and its subsidiary Nintendo of America have been taken to court in the U.S. over alleged patent infringement.

Engadget reported that Gamevice declined to comment on the lawsuit.

It has called for Switch sales to be halted and has asked the court for damages. The tablet portion of the Switch is also in question since Gamevice claims that Nintendo's solution for attaching the Joy-Con is close to its device with a "flexible bridge section", Engadget has learned. The Wikipad, for instance, included a detachable game controller that both held the tablet in place and provided extra buttons and controls along the sides, while the Gamevice controller is a more refined version of the product for Apple and Samsung smartphone devices. The Wikipad is an Android tablet with its own controller, with a layout similar to that of the Switch when it's in Tablet mode. Nintendo clearly can't and won't agree to any of those demands and will instead fight the lawsuit I imagine. Joy-Cons can also be used separately, while unattached from the Switch.

The suit said that Gamevice has filed for patent protection and now holds more than 41 patents in ten countries related to a range of gaming devices, controls and accessories.

It may have taken the Switch longer to launch, but this seems like another lawsuit Nintendo should be able to defend itself from without too much of an issue.