Nintendo hit by lawsuit over Switch design

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11 August, 2017

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

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.

Reported by Engadget, the company claims that Nintendo has used patents that Gamevice owns for the Switch without the company's permission.

Also included are the company's detachable controllers, which let users turns their existing phones or tablets into Switch-like devices.

Nintendo is accused of infringing U.S. patent number 9,126,119, called "Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section".

The lawsuit was filed on the 9th August.

As usual, the wording in the patent makes it quite hard to fully understand what is being detailed. Needless to say, this accessory was designed in a way in that you could play mobile games using traditional console controls.

Gamevice demands that Nintendo stop selling the Switch, pays damages for infringing the patent, and pays attorney fees, costs, and all other expenses related to the action. If it does and loses, then some kind of royalty agreement would have to be worked out with Gamevice.


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