Fri, Mar 11, 2011 | 06:40 GMT
Court lifts LG Sony injunction, sets 300,000 PS3s free
The injunction in a patent disagreement between LG and Sony has been lifted, meaning that 300,000 stranded PS3s in Holland are now free to go.
Sony appealed the customs blockade, and the court has now lifted the injunction with no more seizures to be applied. LG has also been ordered to pay Sony’s €130,000 in legal fees, with an additional €200,000 to be added for each day it fails to pony up the dough.
FOSS Patents owner Florian Mueller said: “If this is true, it is only related to the prejudgment seizure order. This means Sony can resume the distribution of PlayStations across Europe for now, but there will be a full-fledged legal proceeding to determine whether there is an infringement – and if so, how much Sony owes LG for it.”
Last week, LG won an injunction under EU law blocking the import of PS3 units for ten days, as part of the electronics manufacturer’s claim to the BluRay patent, thus stranding hundreds of thousands of consoles in harbors such as Rotterdam and Schiphol.