DBrand posted: "See, while we appreciate all the armchair legal advice that filtered in over the weekend, the reality of this Darkplates dispute is quite simple:
1. You can’t successfully sue someone over an alleged “design infringement” without a registered design patent.
2. Sony did not have a registered design patent for the PS5’s side panels when we launched Darkplates (or for many, many months following the release).
3. We didn’t think they’d ever get one.
4. They did.
5. Here we are.
So, faced with this registered design patent which, according to Sony, alleges to cover the shape of the PS5’s side panels, we had two options:
1. Spend millions fighting the legitimacy of the design patent claims for many years in court.
2. Start fresh."