Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Ban in Europe

Sony PlayStation 3 Can Be Imported to EU Again

by Anton Shilov
03/10/2011 | 11:42 PM

The Hague Court in the Netherlands dismissed the 10-day injunction on import of Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles on Thursday, which was imposed as a result of the ongoing legal battle between Sony Corp. and LG Electronics. As a result, the game consoles can again be imported into the European Union.

 

"The preliminary injunction against PlayStation 3 shipments was dismissed. We expect shipment to the Netherlands to resume without any further issues," said a Sony spokesman in an interview with Dow Jones news-agency.

LG Electronics and Sony have a number of ongoing legal actions against each other. LG accuses Sony of infringing its patens regarding Blu-ray disc playback on Sony PS3, whereas Sony is attempting to stop sales of LG’s cell phones in the U.S.

Tens of thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles were seized by customs officers in early March in the Netherlands for ten days. Sony had the right to appeal the decision, which it did. LG had the right to apply to the same patents office to get the ten-day import ban extended. Besides, the company could apply for a court order to get the consoles destroyed, but the court would hardly make such a ruling.

If Sony is found guilty of infringing LG’s patents, it could be forced to compensate the damages to Sony, which will mean spending of hundreds of millions of dollars. It is unclear what happens if LG is found guilty of infringing Sony’s patents.