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Old 08-13-2017, 03:33 PM   #1
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Gamevice Files Lawsuit Against Nintendo Switch


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Nintendo is facing a new lawsuit over the design of the Switch. According to Engadget, accessory maker Gamevice has taken issue with the tablet-based console, alleging that it has violated a patent used in the company's Wikipad device, a gaming-focused Android tablet.

Gamevice is also arguing that the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too similar to its titular add-on controllers for mobile devices, which extend to wrap around the edges of a phone or tablet to provide extra buttons.

Naturally, the suit is seeking both injunctive relief to ban further sales of the Switch and monetary damages.

There are certainly similarities between the two devices. The Wikipad, for instance, included a detachable game controller that both held the tablet in place and provided extra buttons and controls along the sides, while the Gamevice controller is a more refined version of the product for Apple and Samsung smartphone devices.

However, given that Nintendo seems to be equally diligent about filing patents for its various devices, Gamevice may find it has a difficult road ahead.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:26 PM   #2
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Yeah, good luck with that.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #3
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More money for the real winners: Lawyers!
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I foresee the Big N countersuing
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:31 AM   #5
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I read about this over the week-end, and I thought it as extremely funny. This thing doesn't resemble the Switch, it resembles the Wii U. And the Wii U launched a year before it.
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I love how they chose to file the lawsuit almost a year after the Switch was first revealed and five months after it became a success.



The Switch reveal video, published back in October of last year, makes it pretty clear what the device is all about. Why didn't they jump right on this, if the violation is so egregious?
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:53 AM   #7
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chimpbot, looking at when harmony gold filed their latest lawsuit against the battletech properties. Because alot of documents are sent registered mail, it takes quite a bit of time for everything to go through. The lawsuit was first motioned way back in October but motions did not proceed till may.
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chimpbot, looking at when harmony gold filed their latest lawsuit against the battletech properties. Because alot of documents are sent registered mail, it takes quite a bit of time for everything to go through. The lawsuit was first motioned way back in October but motions did not proceed till may.
The lawsuit was filed in a California court just last week. They waited until the device was already in the market and a roaring success to even begin the process.

Oh, and your Harmony Gold example? That was 21 years ago. While the legal process is certainly slow, modern technology has at least helped speed up certain aspects of it.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:41 PM   #9
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Nope there's a new one from the past year started making the rounds early july. Hg vs pgi, hairbrained, weismann , cgl, basically anyone involved in production of battle tech/MechWarrior
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:50 PM   #10
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I love how they chose to file the lawsuit almost a year after the Switch was first revealed and five months after it became a success.
Same thing happened with the DS. Also there have many convertibles released over the years. Just not by anyone with the money N has.
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Nope there's a new one from the past year started making the rounds early july. Hg vs pgi, hairbrained, weismann , cgl, basically anyone involved in production of battle tech/MechWarrior
Okay, fair enough. It still doesn't change the fact that Gamevice waited until last week to file their lawsuit.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:03 PM   #12
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Of course they waited. If they sued before production and halted it, they would have gotten nothing, probably, except an injunction. Now, they want all that big sales money along with it.
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Of course they waited. If they sued before production and halted it, they would have gotten nothing, probably, except an injunction. Now, they want all that big sales money along with it.
Or they would have redesigned around it.
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Of course they waited. If they sued before production and halted it, they would have gotten nothing, probably, except an injunction. Now, they want all that big sales money along with it.
And that's entirely my point. If they were actually interested in defending their patent, they would have filed immediately. Instead, they waited until the Switch was a major success to file. They just want a quick buck.

I've never even heard of this company or their products prior to this lawsuit.
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