It looks like Gamevice is taking another whack at Nintendo, hoping to get a cease and desist on shipments of the Nintendo Switch to the U.S., claiming that it infringes on their patents surrounding their controllers. Gamevice’s argument is that the Switch’s design of two sides of a controller attaching to the Switch screen comes to close to their products that do the same for mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets (Android and iOS).
“The products at issue in the investigation are controller systems with parts that attach to two sides of an electronic device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and the parts fit into a user’s hands and have gaming controls.”
“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Gamevice, Inc., of Simi Valley, CA, on March 30, 2018. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.” — USITC
There is no telling what the outcome will be as the committee makes their decision, but Gamevice is definitely going up against a beast of a legal budget when it comes to Nintendo and their resources. The chance of them preventing further shipments of the Switch into the U.S. is unlikely, but the chance is always there. Hopefully, gamers won’t lose out on anything when the conclusion is final. What’s interesting is that it took them this long to take action if the patent has been there this whole time.
We recently interviewed Gamevice at CES earlier this year where we discussed their controllers, including what was currently available and what’s to come. Their controllers connect to smartphones and tablets either via USB or Lightning, allowing for a low latency response vs the possible button lag you could experience by going the route of Bluetooth.