Nintendo is under the legal spotlight again. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is officially investigating the Japanese video game company for alleged patent infringement over “certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof.” In other words, the Nintendo Switch.
It appears that the investigation was triggered when a company called Gamevice filed for a “limited exclusion order” to the ITC, asking the US government body for a cease and desist order to prevent Nintendo from importing the Switch. At least, until Gamevice has gathered sufficient evidence to prove that Nintendo did indeed infringe on its patents for detachable controllers.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time that Gamevice has attacked Nintendo. Back in August 2017, the company tried to sue the Japanese company. Oddly enough, it seems the company didn’t follow through with its actions, and voluntarily dropped the case a few months later.
At the time of writing, Nintendo had told the source of this story, CNET, that it had nothing to announce regarding the topic, and neither did Gamevice.