Playstation 3 European Shipments Siezed in Legal Dispute
European custom officers have been ordered to seize Playstation 3 shipments after LG was granted a preliminary injunction in a patent battle between two companies.
This ruling will mean the confiscation of PS3s as they are imported into the UK and the rest of the Europe for at least 10 days. If LG somehow extends this injunction that can result into console disappearing from the store shelves. As it stands Sony needs to import new consoles every three weeks.
This situation has resulted from LG filing a lawsuit for Sony allegedly infringing its Blue-ray technology. While Sony gets the right to appeal the ban to the European court and is trying desperately to get the ban lifted.
LG meanwhile can apply for an extension or to get the consoles destroyed but that would be highly unlikely. If Sony is found guilty, it could be forced to compensate LG for each PS3 it has sold around the world, which would mean dropping hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of South Korean Manufacturer.
The two companies are involved in seven different patent disputes, with Sony also seeking to block shipments of LG smartphones to the US.
When asked to comment by Guardian a spokesperson for Sony Playstation said: “We are currently looking into this matter, and cannot make any comments at this point in time.” LG declined to comment, although sources close to the company confirmed the current legal position.