PS5 custom faceplate maker essentially shutdown by Sony

By Alex Calvin, Monday, 2 November 2020 10:54 GMT

A PlayStation 5 custom faceplate maker has pretty much been put out of business by legal threats from Sony.

That’s according to VGC, which reports that the firm – CustomizeMyPlates.com, previously PlateStation5.com – has had to cancel orders to consumers and pull all of its products from sale following threats from Sony to take it to court.

The company came under fire from the PlayStation maker for the similarities between its original name and Sony’s console. It even went as far as to rebrand, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to keep the platform holder happy.

Moving forward, CustomizeMyPlates has said that it will be “wiser” when it comes to patent and trademark laws.

“Before we launched, we did our due diligence and were of the opinion, that because Sony only had pending patents on the faceplates there would be no problem,” the company said.

“But after only a day of our website being live, Sony’s lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements. We thought this switch would be enough to keep everyone happy, and honestly were hoping so since we were already underway with our product development.

“But then Sony’s lawyers told us it was their opinion, Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court.”

The company continued: “This all came to light yesterday and we are now cancelling and refunding all faceplate orders worldwide… we are extremely disappointed about this but we have no other option.”

The PlayStation 5 is set to launch on November 12 or 19, depending on where in the world you are. You can check out everything you need to know about Sony’s new console right here.

In the UK, PS5 accessories will be available a week ahead of its release date. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has said that the launch line-up for this console is “no comparison” to that of the PS3 or PS4.

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