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Playstation 3 Shipments to be Seized in US?

European Customs began seizing incoming shipments of Playstation 3 consoles in the Netherlands as LG won an injunction against Sony in a patent case regarding Blu-Ray technology. LG had also stated that it would work toward similar measures in the US and it seems that is gaining some traction.LG vs. sony

In the US, the International Trade Commission has agreed to look into the matter. Four patents are included in complaint and they cover both the PS3 and certain Bravia televisions. LG is asking to ban sale of the devices in the US market which could provide extremely detrimental to Sony’s bottom line. While this is most likely a scare tactic to get Sony to settle, their injunction win in the EU seems to have emboldened LG and seems there is some truth to their claims.

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blackout4797d ago

WOW this is CRAZY. What does this mean for Sony?

BK-2014797d ago

They have been able to sell everywhere but Holland for 10 days. The U.S. gov't won't agree to a ban.

Dark_Charizard4797d ago

Why? Is the US govt biased against LG?

blackburn54797d ago

Really? So I have been hearing right about it just being Holland for 10 days. So what is all the talk about LG wining in Europe? If they can sell every where but Holland then is that really that much of a problem?

TOO PAWNED4797d ago

I have gotten word that aliens are to invade us tomorrow. can i publish it on N4G? O damn I need crappy site or blog.

Livin_in_a_box4797d ago

@TOO PAWNED

Well no seeing as it's not gaming news :\

BattleAxe4797d ago

I don't understand how LG was able to get the ban in Holland when there has not been any decision in the courts on whether theres any merrit to LG's claims of a patent infringement.

tehpees34797d ago

Seriously can someone PLEASE b1tch slap LG RIGHT NOW!!!

Orion4797d ago

@Everybody

The main port of Europe is Rotterdam. Maastricht is also an important cargo hub - at least, when the PS2 arrived for the first time in Europe, it went through that city.

Both cities are in the Netherlands. Now think about the problem again :)

morganfell4797d ago (Edited 4797d ago )

@Battleaxe. LG will come out the loser on this. They are only filing these suits because Sony filed in the US against them.

But in the EU, if you file a suit and lose the case, or the suit is thrown out without a trial then you have to pay all losses and legal bills for the other guy. This is going to end very poorly for LG.

On top of that this article was written by a third grader. "...there sites..." Really?

evrfighter4797d ago

well I guess it all depends on how legit LG's claim is.

Sony has nothing to worry to about if they didn't jack LG's tech.

However if they did. It's going to be a hilarious day at n4g.

I_find_it_funny4797d ago

LOL PS3's are shipped across Europe, there are problem in Holland only

nsnsmj4797d ago

@BattleAxe

From what I've been researching, the reason LG was able to get those PS3 shipments seized in there is because the law in that country doesn't necessarily require actual proof of infringement. LG only had to accuse or suspect or whatever, Sony of an infringement. That's how I understood what I read.

Also, having PS3's seized there does do some type of hurt to Sony. I believe the products are transported by boat to a port or something at that location. That location just so happens to be one of the quickest (if not the quickest), and the cheapest route from Asia to Europe for Sony. The fact that LG has it locked there for now, means that Sony has to possibly look for alternate routes and means of transportation--including by air, which would be a lot more expensive than by sea.

NukaCola4797d ago

Video Games is one of the only markets to make profit in this economy, other than Walmart, so why would anyone support an embargo.

TheLastGuardian4797d ago

LG is like the fat ugly girl in high school jealous of the popular girl. This is when the fat ugly girl tries to get revenge.

Bear_Grylls4797d ago

LG have done their dash right there. I own several high end LG products and I for one will never purchase another product with the LG label on it.

FU LG!

That's dodgy business tactics to the extreme.

deafwing4797d ago

LOL @ LG ... dont' they think they are just hurting their own image in all this

blackbeld4796d ago

This is ridiculous. I thought SONY was the creator of BLU-RAY. So how is this possible? Can someone explain this to me please?

AndrewRyan4796d ago

US government is worse then Holland's government so I do not see why a ban would not take place. 10 days it not bad at all, I am almost positive there will still be PS3's that can be bought within the 10 days shipments are banned.

pixelsword4796d ago

Well, from what I understand, Holland only got their way because they didn't have to prove infringement, BUT if Sony did infringe, they should pay, it's no different than Pirates taking games in that respect. I can't be mad as pirates for stealing and not mad at Sony for doing the same thing.

KaBaW4796d ago

Well, now, if you were to say the aliens were on their way to take the PS3s.

That, my good sir, would be gaming news!

HolyOrangeCows4796d ago

The 10 day ban in the EU is nothing. It's an IMPORT ban; all of the PS3s that retailers have can/are still being sold.

What kind of ban they might be able to set up in the US, I don't know.

It's pretty stupid that LG is suing Sony, the FOUNDER of Bluray, for using Bluray technology in a way that LG had patented. The Blu-ray Disc Association should kick LG out for trying to take ownership of Bluray tech.

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moparful994796d ago

@blackbeld

From what I understand there is an alliance of companies, which includes both sony and lg, that are responsible for blu-ray.. Sony being the major owner of blu-ray. SO sony has every legal right to all things blu ray.. The only legs that lg would have to stand on is if lg back out of that partnership and sony continued to use lg technology and didnt pay lg any royalties.. But I highly doubt that happened.. I think that this is all just posteuring on lg's side to show that they can stand up to the big kid on the block.. But when they get B@tch slapped back into oblivion they will realize they bit off more then they could chew....

ps3destroyer4796d ago

LG has proven herself a much more respectable electronics company than Sony face it.Everything LG makes pawns Sony like hell.I would list a huge number of Sony products that died on me and hundret of LG ones that rocked and never stopped working.

kane_13714796d ago

@Ps3Destroyer

REALLY now?

name only two of them please.
nothing has ever lasted longer than a Sony product for me, not even a SUMSUNG TV, and they are beasts in TV market.

Maybe you just don't know how to use something.

AGamerOfConsoles4796d ago

@ HolyOrangeCows

And Sony perhaps should have thought twice before using something in a patent they didn't have rights to.

deafwing4796d ago

actually LG should be going after Pioneer to (they worked with with big S on the development of blu ray in the early part of the last decade.

DevilishSix4796d ago

They have proven that multiple judges decisions that Obamacare is unconstitional doesn't matter, so why should a silly multibillion suit matter.

US is no longer government by the people and for the people. It is now a blotted out of control government that doesn't care on infringing on citizens liberty and private property rights.

Don't tell them were I live, cause I don't want those bastards to come get me.