[pp.int.general] Fwd: [The IPKat] LG obtains border seizure against Sony PS3
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Tue Mar 1 17:58:46 CET 2011
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Subject: [The IPKat] LG obtains border seizure against Sony PS3
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:18:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Mark Schweizer <mark.schweizer at gmail.com>
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the Guardian reports
Korean consumer electronic giant LG has obtained a preliminary
injunction from the district court of the Hague, barring import of
Sony's PS3 game console into the European Union "for at least ten days"
(this seems to indicate an ex parte injunction, but the news article is
sketchy). Since Sony is importing upwards of 100,000 consoles per week
(according to the Guardian), the economic impact of this order is
significant. Sony says its stock held in Europe will last for three weeks.
LG based its claim on patents (allegedly) covering the Blu-ray playback
facility of the PS3, but the news article does not give any further details.
As the Spiegel
<http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,748360,00.html> notes, the
case may well settle, because in December 2010, Sony filed a patent
infringement complaint with the US International Trade Commission
against LG, claiming that LG infringed on several Sony patents on mobile
phone technology, asking to bar import into the US of LG mobile phones
LG already countersued Sony before the International Trade Commission,
requesting an import ban of "high margin televisions and game consoles
- presumably containing Blu-ray players and therefore most probably
based on the US patents corresponding to the patents the Dutch decision
was based on.
Looks like the Hague district court is a lot faster than the
International Trade Commission - and given what's at stake for both
parties (should a court finally decide that the customs seizure was
unjustified, LG is liable for damages), this decision certainly puts new
urgency into settlement talks.
Posted By Mark Schweizer to The IPKat
on 3/01/2011 03:28:00 PM --
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