Nintendo Switch Patent Battle: “Suspend All Sales!”

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Third-party hardware developer Wikipad Inc. (now known as Gamevice) are suing Nintendo over the detachable controller design of the Nintendo Switch as it supposedly infringes on their patent, with many suspecting the move to be pure opportunism as it took 5 months since the console’s launch for the lawsuit to emerge.

One of Gamevice’s patents (filed back in 2012) mentions “a pair of control modules attached to a separate and distinct computing device”, which served as the basis for the company’s “Wikipad” – an Android gaming tablet released back in 2013 (it received mixed reviews and is no longer available for purchase):

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Another patent was used to create the “Gamevice controller”, a similar device with detachable controllers that can attach to smartphones and tablets:

Gamevice-Switch-Comparison

Gamevice are seeking damages and have also demanded that Nintendo cease all sales of Nintendo Switches, stating that the Switch “has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice” despite the fact that there are likely few who have even heard of the device.

The disgruntled developer claims that the Gamevice controller’s patent “A Combination Computing Device and Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section” has been infringed by the Nintendo Switch, though many have been quick to point out that the Nintendo Switch’s controllers are not attached like the Gamevice and can be used independently from each other – thus possessing no “flexible bridge section”.

Gamevice however has claimed that the Switch itself is this “bridge section”, making the whole fiasco a tricky legal wrangle of the sort only a lawyer being billed by the hour could love – Nintendo have yet to respond to this incident.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 13/08/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Patent vultures should be shot.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:57 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They were the lowest kind of scum in the tech industry until social media came along and lowered the bar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 13/08/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seems like a shameless money grab when it's filed 8 months after the reveal of the switch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 13/08/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It is. Reminds me of the Copyright Lawsuit with the Wiimote.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, I was part of a mock jury for this at one point. The lawyers against Nintendo kept insisting that the RAM was storing data in the wiimote as part of their complaint. Thankfully I was there to point out the BS of it. My group of fake jurors were educated by my own PC knowledge, but I feel for the average morons out there. Not a one of them understood how data works in a digital system.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Idk. A patent can have a pending patent stage before being a patent. The time it takes for each stage depends on the field of the technology. Some take months and some could take a year. Idk who filed the pending patent first, Nintendo or the company mentioned in the article. Perhaps the company wants to makes some money or perhaps they actually did file the pending patent first. If it is the latter case, they are entitled to do win. As an engineer myself, if I designed and developed something that can't sell as good as a mega company (which is normal coz many of us works for small companies), then the big company makes the same shit and made a huge profit? I would be pissed. Besides, it's not healthy for the progress of humanity and against the idea of having patents. Well, perhaps the company is pissed and wanna grab some cash at the same time. Idk and don't really care that much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yes, but "Smartphone Controllers" vs "Console Controllers" bs money grab.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, what did I say wrong to get -0.2? It's my first time getting negative btw lol I've tried to be as constructive as possible and didn't pick sides... sometimes, I just don't understand Sankcom people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea as long as it isn't vapor ware they could be in the right yes people likely don't know of it as a company but that doesn't mean the big n can just steal their designs and such. really its hit or miss and the merits of the case will determine the outcome.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "shameless money grab" is right up Nintendo's alley...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    herpderp. you mean like $ony with their $600 ps3 release way back when?

    No, nintendo did right this time. They knew no one would buy a 7" gaming tablet for $400-500 so $300 is a pretty sweet price point.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Love it..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 13/08/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Exactly for that is more beliable I think, I mean, they didn't go to internet and said "they broke our patent" next day of release, no, this people followed the right procedures and sued it, and now it was made public.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 13/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is called publicity tactics. It doesn't matter if they win or nor. Or rather, they know they're going to lose the lawsuit. Their main purpose of the lawsuit is to make people aware of their brand.

    I mean, how many of you ever heard of Gamevice before? Now you did, and some of you will probably try to google it.
    Cheap(?) publicity. It's dirty, but it works.

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    01:05 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, because Gamevice (?) is on equal footing with Nintendo and are a major competitor on the console gaming market. This will seriously hurt Gamevice's income.

    Wait, no, nevermind, they aren't. It's just a garbage tool for mobile games.

    And there's no possible way they'll win this case, due to A) Nintendo having money and B) scratch that, Nintendo has mountains of cash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have what is know as 'Fuckets' of money.

    That is to say, fucking buckets of money to throw at this and make them go away or die a slow, costly death in the court system.

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    Comment by MARl0
    23:35 13/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really true. This is bad publicity for them, not good publicity. And anyone who says there's no such thing as bad publicity has never worked in PR and Marketing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    right keep saying if it helps sleep at night

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol this retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 13/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    very well said and true.. what a bunch of shameless runts

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is stupid. I don't care about the switch and dislike Nintendo's streaming/youtube policies but this is just a stupid attempt to milk some money from the Switch's popularity.

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo will have working concepts of the Switch long before this Gamevice thing came into existence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't be the first time nintendo stole an idea, just like they did with motion controls

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahah Japan giving a shit about plagiarism and copyright? Are you kidding me? HAHAH CATS AND DOGS LIVING TOGETHER! I can't believe it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 17/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure that I've seen these sort of tablet attachments BEFORE Nintendo Switch was ever even announced.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would love to see Nintendo loose this just to watch Nintendo be on the receiving end for once

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony and Microsoft fanboys will be all over this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well fanboys are irrational people.
    They find the most ridiculous arguments and protect their opinion till the bitter end.

    Same goes with nintendo, or any fanboy as a matter of fact.

    always good to be critical towards the product you spend your money to buy, even if it is your precious gaming device. the reason companies get away with alot of bullshit is because of fanboys.

    xbox fanboys justifying paid online.
    ps fanboys justifying the information leak.
    nintendo fanboys justifying nintendo hunting down fan creations.
    PC users justifying overpriced gpus and processors.

    I hope you get what I mean. Fanboys are illogical and should be just ignored.

    TLDR; Fanboys be fanboys, ignore them and don't be one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got all the fanbois down, except PC. Know a better source of parts suppliers and you will not have the same problem.

    A better example would be for PC fanboys justifying gaming linux, or how newer Win OS repeatly fooks up jgaming and anime gaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow what a shit device compared to the Nintendo switch, I dislike the switch but that Wikipedia thing is pure retardation
    Wtf kinda name is wikipad, unless they expect u to do nothing but edit wikipiedia pages with the damn thing

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:55 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The two devices look sufficiently different there should be no patent issue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not looks what matter but how they work...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 13/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jokes on them. You can't suspend sales because there's no Switch units left to be sold. They don't make enough of the damn things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >implying there aren't several dozen sitting in a store 5 minutes away from me and haven't been for weeks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well does their scrappy mobile device add-ons have built in motion controls? Are they sold TOGETHER with the mobile devices they support? No & no, this is just another subpar company trying to make a buck by suing someone without having any real ground to do so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And to add, it doesn't matter what they look like either. Just go look up the Switch patents. The imagery doesn't look like the final design. It's how it works that matters, not the aesthetics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 14/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Joycon aren't necessarily sold with it either.

    Also, it doesn't matter what they don't have.

    If you have a patent on a type of wheel and I take your patent and use it in a wheeled box, it doesn't matter that the box can also hold things because the wheels are the patent violation.

    The Joycon possibly having extras doesn't matter if they are, in fact, using something in their patent in the Joycon.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Considering how Nintendo is always mercilessly hunting down all and any fanworks, it's only fitting they get sued themselves every now and then.

    Comment by Anonymous

    switch is just gimmicky garbage anyway. there is no major change in terms of graphics compared to the WiiU and it's just a giant Nintendo DS.

    Even if these guys are only doing it for a cash grab, the idea that people wasted 300 dollars on this thing is laughable, regardless if Zelda was available or not.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Was a huge fanboy of Nintendo since the late 80s but the decisions they made were the wrong ones. For me at least. Zelda for example should look like Dark Souls or Dragons Dogma. Not like a cartoon in headache inducing grafics. I simply don't care anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 15/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, exactly. now, all Nintendo is interested in are gimmicks for their game systems. "oh look it has motion control that barely works!" and the graphics look the same since GameCube, no real change at all, it's all nonsense. look at what they did with the new classic mini system, "oh we have really low stock because it's so popular!" sure it says it's 69.99 but on the mr,et it's 309 dollars. and I bet they'll do it again.

    Comment by Anonymous

    switch can go to hell! yay

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    Comment by Anonymous

    Yay! Die, nintendo bitches!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 13/08/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Kill Nintendo garbage yeah!




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