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Gamevice yet again aims to block U.S. imports of Switch with another patent infringement claim

Here we go again!

Back on March 11th, 2020, a long legal battle between Nintendo and Gamevice finally came to a close. Nintendo had managed to convince the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the majority of claims in Gamevice Inc.'s patent battle were simply unpatentable. Gamevice claimed the Switch infringed on a number of their patents, but all 19 claims were won in Nintendo's favor. That means everything is wrapped up now, right? Unfortunately not, as Gamevice is right back at it.

Gamevice filed a new patent-infringement complaint against Nintendo, while at the same time appealing the earlier case it lost. Gamevice says they were issued a patent for a game controller in August that Nintendo has infringed upon. Gamevice's device is for use with smartphones and tablets, and Gamevice is aiming to stop U.S. import of the Switch because of this so-called infringement.

This means Nintendo could potentially be in for yet another long legal battle, all depending on whether the ITC agrees to investigate the complaint.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: switch

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But what do they win by blocking imports? they should rather, if they have a case, get paid for sales of the patent... Why the import-blocking?

Scare tactic to settle. Very common. Basically threatening Nintendos Revenue.

enthropy
Wed Apr 01 20 09:41am
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Well, they CAN try but I have that feeling they'll fail...again.

Microsoft should take a look at it and sue them for their ABXY design

anger-dono
Wed Apr 01 20 05:44am
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Which they got from SEGA and the Dreamcast (swapped the colours around tho).

Never mind that though, this is a bunch of patent trolls vying for attention (and money). I doubt any serious court would grant them an injunction of the magnitude they demand. Also I took a look at their amazon reviews and they seem to be... mixed.

Thank you Anger.Dono. everyone forgets the Dreamscast's influence.

And the Dreamcast just swiped the colours from the SNES (outside the American continent). All controllers copying invariably end up at the SNES I believe.

I agree. No serious court would even consider such abusive and insane demands. Bunch of greed people trying to game the system to make easy money. Hope Nintendo wipes the floor with them.

Besides the obviously similar button arrangement--which is an inevitability when everyone uses the same basic control scheme--in what way is this similar to the Switch? Let alone similar enough to warrant a lawsuit?

socar
Wed Apr 01 20 01:41am
Rating: 1

Well, it has the controllers there and attaching the phone to it is kinda like the Switch. But it's still a different matter though because even if they look similar, they aren't as the Joy-con not only supports Bluetooth but also has HD rumble.

I don't. get it? This is just a USB controller that clamps each end of a phone right? So nothing like Switch. Also these clamp on controllers are found everywhere, just search Amazon!

Yeah, they appear to be a patent troll, making generic stuff, getting patents for them, and suing big companies without making their own devices widely available.

Nintendo is a frequent target of patent trolls due to their high-profile oddball gaming hardware. There was an Australian company, for instance, that prevented Nintendo from releasing a Wi-Fi transmitter that you could attach to a computer's USB to play online on the DS.

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