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Post by TomkatNI on Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:43 am

If you live in the United Kingdom, or anywhere in continental Europe, purchasing a PlayStation 3 console may become a bit more difficult in the coming weeks.

The Guardian reports that tens of thousands of PS3 consoles were seized and confiscated last week, as per an order issued by the civil court of justice in The Hague, Netherlands. New PS3 consoles imported into Europe will be withheld from distribution for at least the next 10 days.

LG, the South Korean electronics giant, won its preliminary junction against Sony over a patent infringement issue relating to the playback of Blu-ray discs. LG has demanded an investigation into the PS3's use of the LG patented Blu-ray technology.

Should the court find Sony guilty of patent infringement, it is likely Sony will be ordered to compensate to LG for every PS3 unit it has sold worldwide, burning a decidedly unpleasant hole in the Japanese company's coffers.

While Sony could submit an appeal to the European patent office to have the ban lifted, LG could also submit an application to have the ban extended — which would equate to PS3s disappearing from store shelves. Sony has at least two to three weeks worth of stock already scattered across Europe, so the lack of fresh consoles might not be felt until the end of March.

While LG has declined to comment on the matter, Sony has issued a (non)statement. "We are currently looking into this matter, and cannot make any comments at this point in time," said a Sony representative.

Since Sony launched the PlayStation 3 in March 2007, the company has sold more than three million PS3 consoles in the U.K. alone.

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Post by Henrik07 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:49 pm

Sony finds loophole in EU import ban.


When it was first announced LG had put a ban on Sony importing PS3s to Europe, many were fearing the worst; that stock might start to dry out, however, it now appears Sony have found a way to bypass the import ban.

The loophole found is that the ban only applies to singular countries, and not the whole EU, meaning all Sony have to do is start importing consoles to a country other than Holland. If LG want to stop Sony importing to Europe then they will need to impose a ban on most European counties, which will be a lengthy process. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


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Post by Henrik07 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:06 pm

Sony wins court case against LG, all seized PS3s to be returned


Posted March 10th, 2011 at 17:49 EDT


Sony today defeated LG in The Hague's civil court, reports Dutch gaming website InsideGamer.

The Netherlands-based court ordered South Korean technology giant LG to return all 300,000 seized PlayStation 3 consoles. Each day the company fails to return the seized PS3s, it will have to pay a €200,000 euro fine. Additionally, LG must pay €130,000 euros to cover legal fees related to the case.

LG initially sued Sony because it believed the Blu-ray playback technology in the PS3 console violated its patents. This legal dispute has not yet concluded; Sony's victory today relates only to the seizure of PS3 consoles, not to patent infringement. The Hague court's decision indicates that Sony will likely defeat LG in the long run, however.



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