Nintendo Hit With Lawsuit Over Switch Controllers
A lawsuit has been filed against Nintendo by accessory-maker Gamevice over the design of the wireless Joy-Con controllers used in its Switch gaming console.
“Defendants have infringed and continue to infringe, and have induced and continue to induce infringement of, one or more claims of Gamevice’s U.S. Patent No. 9,126,119 (“the ’119 patent”) at least by importing, selling and offering to sell the Nintendo Switch gaming console” the complaint reads.
According to Gamevice, the patent for a ‘computing device linked with a pair of connected controllers on each side of it’ was filed by them first.
They say that Nintendo’s Joy-Cons infringe upon that patent, despite the absence of a flexible bridge between them (found in their WikiPad controller).
Gamevice has asked the court to halt production and sales for the Nintendo Switch, and to award it damages in compensation.
Nintendo themselves have yet to respond.
The move comes just days after concerns were raised about the reliability of the supply chain for the Nintendo Switch due to the financial instability faced by Japan Display Inc.