The US ITC is investigating the Nintendo Switch for patent infringement

The news comes from a recent press release, which lists Nintendo as a respondent to an investigation concerning "certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof". That was back in August, and the firm eventually dropped the case, but now it seems it's back at it again.

The company, which appeals to principles contained in the Tariff Act of 1930, which protects the North American market against imports, seeks to stop Nintendo from manufacturing the Joy-Con controls, which could stop the import of Switch to the US. Game Vice has asked the USITC to issue a limited exclusion cease and desist order against Nintendo, which would all but block the Switch from being sold in the United States. This lawsuit was reportedly thrown out in October, but since then, Gamevice has taken its case to the US International Trade Commission, which has launched an investigation into the matter. However, their similarities have clearly led to a bit of a legal kerfuffle between Nintendo and Gamevice.

Like Joy-Cons, Gamevice's detachable controllers are created to attach to a screen by sliding down from the top, but the devices are made to fit with and connect to a variety of third-party tablets.

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For instance, Nintendo's Joy-Cons still function when not attached to the console, house additional tech like HD rumble and an IR sensor, and are designed exclusively for the use with only the Nintendo Switch itself. No decision has been made on the merits of the case, but an administrative law judge will be assigned to determine if the section 337 violation is legitimate. Nintendo is still allowed to import the Switch into the United States.

This isn't the first time that the Japanese console maker has been the target of complaints recently, as last week we reported that the company was being investigated for its non-compliant practices on the Nintendo eShop platform.


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