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Report: European PS3 Shipments Seized Over Blu-ray Patent

28 Feb, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

PlayStation 3

European customs officials have been ordered to seize incoming shipments of the PlayStation 3 and hold them for at least 10 days, after LG Electronics won a preliminary injunction against Sony Computer Entertainment in a patent lawsuit, the Guardian reported Feb. 28.

The civil court ruling out of The Hague led to tens of thousands of PS3s being seized last week, with the court siding with LG over an infringement dispute with Sony’s PS3 Blu-ray Disc technology, the paper reported.

Sony imports roughly 100,000 of the consoles to Europe each week, and currently there are less than three weeks’ supply of the consoles in stores there, the Guardian reported.

LG is looking for a similar injunction in the United States. If Sony is found to have infringed on LG’s Blu-ray patents, it could mean Sony would owe LG millions in compensation.

“We are currently looking into this matter, and cannot make any comments at this point in time,” a Sony spokesman told the paper.

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