When the Nintendo Switch was first announced, there was no doubt that it intrigued many due to its design and its hybrid design which allows it to be taken on the road as a handheld console, but at the same time it can be docked and plugged into a TV that turns it into a home console.
Unfortunately it seems that the Switch’s design might be in dispute because the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced (via CNET) that they will be investigating Nintendo over alleged patent infringement over the console’s design. This is due to a complaint by a company called Gamevice who claims that the Switch’s detachable controllers infringe upon a patent of theirs, which presumably would be the Wikipad which are a pair of detachable controllers designed for smartphones.
Gamevice has also asked that the ITC to ban Nintendo from importing the Switch into the US, but for now the ITC has stated that they have yet to make a decision so it seems that it will be business as usual for now. If you’re wondering why this case sounds familiar, it is because last August Gamevice had sued Nintendo over the same thing.
However the company later dropped the case voluntarily so it is unclear as to why they are bringing it up again. Maybe there was some kind of settlement agreement that went awry, or maybe Gamevice thinks that they now have a stronger case, either way we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out.