Gamevice vs. Nintendo Legal Battle: Will The Switch Get Banned?

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According to Engadget, the lawsuit says the Nintendo Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers violate a patent for concepts used in the Wikipad and its add-on controllers for phones and tablets.

Gamevice was granted a patent for the Gamevice controller in 2015, titled "Combination Computing Device and Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section", on which the company alleges the Nintendo Switch is infringing.

In addition to damages, the company is also calling for the Nintendo Switch to be banned from sale. Gamevice is demanding that Nintendo stops making and selling the Switch, and wants to be awarded damages. The backstory here is that the Wikipad team had big plans for its handheld console back in 2012 and hyped up features such as glasses-free 3D and game streaming. The Wikipad line doesn't allow you to play games on the tablet then dock it to play on the TV, for example.

On the surface the two designs do share some similarities - a point Gamevice has taken great pains to point out by breaking apart a Switch console and providing photos of its structural layout in the court documents. Nintendo's Joy-Cons also work as a pair of wireless controllers for co-operative play when detached from the Switch.

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But the sales shortages haven't hurt sales, because the Nintendo Switch has sold 4.7million units worldwide since launch.

Question: Do you think the Switch saved Nintendo from its brutal Wii U face-plant? It was first released in 2013, long before the Switch was even rumoured.

Nintendo has always been considered a company that likes to experiment and create new devices that might seem weird but in the end prove to be great, ergonomic, state of the art technology. Neither Gamevice nor Nintendo have commented further on the case thus far.

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