International Trade Commission probes Nintendo

May 2 (UPI) — The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday announced an investigation into Nintendo after a company says its Switch gaming console infringes on patents for detachable controllers.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed in March by Gamevice, Inc., of Simi Valley, Calif., that asks the ITC to issue a limited exclusion order and cease-and-desist orders against the Japanese gaming company.

Gamevice, a California-based manufacturer of a detachable units used to turn tablet computers into portable gaming devices, currently holds more than 38 patents in 16 countries related to a range of gaming devices, controls and accessories, according to the court document.

The ITC has not yet made a decision on the merits of the case and will assign the case to a judge for an evidentiary hearing, according to the commission’s announcement.

When asked about the probe, a Nintendo representative told CNET, “We have nothing to announce on this topic.”

Gamevice had previously filed a lawsuit on Nintendo in August but the case was dropped voluntarily in October.