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PlayStation 3 Resumes Import Into Europe, Sony Beats LG In Court

March 13, 2011 by Brandon Comments Off on PlayStation 3 Resumes Import Into Europe, Sony Beats LG In Court divider image

The Hague’s Civil Court of Justice has recently ruled in favor with Sony after LG had filed a complaint over patent infringement. The complaint caused over 300,000 PlayStation 3 units to be seized, though the devices will be released back to Sony for distribution.

According to Engadget, LG has also been ordered to pay legal fees of 130,000EUR, or face fines equal to 200,000EUR per day until they do.

LG’s complaint (this one at least) stemmed from an alleged patent infringement that had been in place for over a year. Sony, who had been losing money with every Playstation 3 device sold for most of its run, had anticipated great problems with the European market if LG’s efforts to stymie the company had succeeded. The issue had been brought before the Hague, who initially allowed the seizing.

Sony had anticipated a large shortage of PlayStation 3 units in the region because of the injunction, though it seems this will not be a problem after all.

The patent issue had been alleged over the Blu-ray players within the device, with LG claiming that Sony had infringed upon patents the company controlled. The patents pertained to the playback of Blu-ray discs more specifically. With the ban lifted, PlayStation 3 units will once again flood the market – just in time for a new firmware upgrade, which has made it possible to play the newer games on the market – not the least of which is Dragon Age 2.

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