PS3 Importation Ban in Europe

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Tim Utley in News and Updates
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As some of you might have heard LG filed a lawsuit against Sony earlier this year for patent infringement on their blu-ray playback technology.  I never thought that anything would come of it as Sony tends to dodge these kinds of suits or just settles out of court.  This time around Sony got bit in the ass and all PS3 shipments entering the UK or Europe are being seized by customs agents.  LG won the preliminary hearing regarding this alleged infringement and the confiscation will last for ten days.  The confiscation period has the potential to be extended by the courts and will surely impact Sony’s bottom line regardless of the outcome.  I do believe that credit should be given where credit is due, but for LG to wait this far into the PS3’s life cycle to file an injunction over hardware components is pretty grimy.  This will no doubt cost Sony millions of dollars when it is all said and done.  Hopefully this situation can be resolved quickly because the Ps3’s lineup this year is a force to be reckoned with and consumers should not have to suffer over corporate squabbles.

What do you think of LG’s course of action and do you think Sony was just trying to pull a fast one again against a competitor?  Respond in the comments section.

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