Nintendo Patent Infringement Investigation Afoot

The United State International Trade Commission is delving into the allegations.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 05/05/2018 19:45 Comment on this     ShareThis

Sales of Nintendo Switch have been beyond brisk, but not all is perfect in the House of Mario. An official filing from the United States International Trade Commission reveals that Nintendo is being accused of patent infringement by video game accessory maker Gamevice. The company had made its initial call to arms against Nintendo back in August of 2017, seemingly with nothing coming from it. However, a new announcement from the USITC reveals that things have been moving along in the background.

In short, Gamevice alleges that Nintendo’s design for its Switch console is a direct replica of its own technology. Described as “portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components” in the announcement, Gamevice argues that Nintendo’s Switch too similarly clasps onto the sides of the main Switch tablet consoles and provides game control in a way that its own products do. As of now there’s no sign that Nintendo’s import and sales of Switch consoles will be coming to an end, but it is a distinct possibility if the USITC rules in Gamevice’s favor.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more.

Source: United States International Trade Commission

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