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. Nintendo ended up winning against those claims back in March of this year, but it turns out they’re not quite out of the woods yet.
Judge Richard G. Seeborg of the US District Court for the Northern District of California has 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. Now however, Judge Seeborg says that each individual claim was not assessed properly, and so believes that each claim deserves further consideration. A total of five claims have been put into motion relating to different parts of the two devices.
It’s likely that Nintendo will still be able to defend themselves against these claims, just as they did earlier this year. Still, it will mean they need to put more time and energy into legal matters. We’ll keep you updated if there are any developments on the matter.