Sony PlayStation 3 Banned from Europe - For Now

By Cindy Waxer March 01, 2011

When it comes to patent disputes, electronics giant LG Electronics isn’t playing around. After recently winning a court injunction, Sony PlayStation 3 consoles are being confiscated across Europe. As reported by the Guardian, Sony and LG are immersed in an ongoing patent dispute over the use of Blu-ray technology within the consoles.

A Dutch civil court in The Hague granted LG an injunction ordering the seizure of the gaming console for 10 days, the Guardian said. Thousands of the machines have reportedly been seized, and a ban on imports is set to last 10 days, but there could be an extension if Sony fails to have the injunction overturned.

Sony and LG are no strangers to patent conflicts. According to an Associated Press report, Sony filed a patent infringement complaint against LG and its U.S. subsidiaries with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The allegation: LG’s smartphones infringe on Sony’s proprietary, patent-protected technology including its photo-based caller ID.

The report reveals that Sony also filed a lawsuit against LG in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Other allegations include LG infringing on patented technology for encoding and transmitting audio to suit bandwidth capacity, as well as its patents on transmission power technology.

And in October, TechZone360.com reported that Motorola launched a patent dispute, accusing Apple of infringing on patents pertaining to its wireless and mobile devices. On Oct. 6, Motorola filed its complaints with the International Trade Commission as well as in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida. Motorola Mobility, a Motorola subsidiary, also filed a complaint against Apple.




Edited by Janice McDuffee

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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