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Sony dealt a blow to potential PS3 Sales in Europe

News; Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley
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Sony today was dealt a major blow to its European imports when the International Court of Justice in The Hague granted LG a preliminary injunction in a patent infringement case the company has been seeking since last year. Sony originally filed an ITC Complaint against LG stating that eight of Sony's patents had been infringed in certain LG devices, and LG hit back in early 2011 stating that eight of its patents were infringed by the Sony Bravia line and the PlayStation 3. Evidently, the International Court of Justice in The Hague found reason to place a temporary halt on PS3 imports to Europe while the claim is investigated. 

The preliminary injunction sees that each and every new PlayStation 3 imported into Europe will be seized by Dutch Customs and held for at least 10 days while the court hears Sony and LG's claims. There is a view that this injunction may be extended past the already defined limit should the case be drawn out, and the already-seized PS3s are being held in a Dutch warehouse while all the kerfuffle plays out. Should an extension occur, it's been predicted that stores currently have enough stock for two or three weeks, but stocks will fall short after that.

Needless to say, Sony is trying hard to fight the injunction, and we'll bring you more news as soon as we have it.

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