USITC to investigate Nintendo after Gamevice complaint

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it will investigate certain gaming console systems from Nintendo Co Ltd after California-based Gamevice Inc filed a complaint alleging that their importation infringed on its patents.

The USITC said it voted to institute an investigation of certain portable gaming console systems “with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof.”

The USITC said:  “The products at issue in the investigation are controller systems with parts that attach to two sides of an electronic device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and the parts fit into a user’s hands and have gaming controls.

“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Gamevice, Inc., of Simi Valley, CA, on March 30, 2018.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.

“The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders …

“The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation: Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan; and Nintendo of America, Inc., of Redmond, WA.”