Playstation 3 Shipments Seized in Europe After Legal Dispute with LG

Sony and LG have been suing one another over claims of patent infringements and it seems the Korean electronics manufacturer gains an upper hand after European customs officers have been ordered to seize shipments of Playstation 3. This comes after LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony.

The Civil Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands, has ruled out that all new PS3s that are being imported into the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days have to be confiscated.

An extension of the injunction could mean the popular console disappearing from retail shelves. So far, tens of thousands of PS3s were seized in the Netherlands.

The dispute centers on Sony’s alleged infringement on the use of LG’s Blu-ray technology.

The Japanese electronics giant is trying to file an appeal to the European Patents Office as of this writing, hoping that the ban would be lifted in the soonest possible time.

Meanwhile, LG could apply to the same office to get the 10-day import ban extended. The company could even apply for a court order to get the consoles destroyed.

The two companies are involved in seven separate patent disputes. Sony is also seeking to block shipments of LG smartphones to the United States.

Source: The Guardian, photo by David Levene

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