The end...for now
Nintendo has endured their fair share of lawsuits and legal conflicts over the years. The most recent involves a gaming/entertainment device called the Wikipad, created by tablet manufacturer Gamevice. Gamevice had previously filed lawsuits against Nintendo, claiming that the Switch and Joy-Cons were too similar to their own device, and infringed on their patent for the Wikipad.
Back in March, Judge Richard G. Seeborg of the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted a motion for reconsideration of Gamevice’s claims. The lawsuit was originally dismissed because it was found that the Joy-Cons were not similar enough to the Wikipad’s controllers. Soon after, Judge Seeborg said that each individual claim was not assessed properly, and so believed that each claim deserved further consideration. A total of five claims were put into motion relating to different parts of the two devices, but today it all comes to an end.
Judge Seeborg has now stated in a new ruling that the Joy-Con work differently than Gamevice’s patented technology, thus bringing an end to the legal battle before once again going to trial. Nintendo and Gamevice are yet to comment on the ruling, but there’s no doubt Nintendo is quite happy with the outcome. This is the third loss Gamevice has suffered in relation to their patents.