Nintendo's latest puppy could be banned from sale because of its Joy-Con controllers. The detachable controller is allegedly violating a patent which was filed by a manufacturer called Gamevice in 2012.
Gamevice alleges that the Nintendo Switch's modular Joy-Cons infringe on patents it holds for the Wikipad, an Android-powered gaming tablet that launched in 2013, and the company's gamepads for Apple and Samsung devices that it claims provide "true gaming controls for use with a smartphone or tablet".
You can check out an image of the Wikipad above. In contrast, Joy-Con is similar to the dockable controllers that Gamevice later released for iPhone and iPad, for example.
In the lawsuit, Gamevice is claiming that Nintendo "has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice".
Nintendo Gets Sued Over The Switch's Controllers
Gamevice, which was created under the name Wikipad in 2008 and co-founded by the current CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2015, around a year before the Switch was first revealed to the market. So the controller manufacturer is asking for compensation for the damages from Nintendo. They claim that Nintendo is harming their business by using their ideas unlawfully.
It depends on the way users will want their Switch to be, a #Home Console or a mobile device.
There's also the small matter of Switch's dock mechanism which turns the Switch into a home console you can play on a TV.
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.