Oh dear, oh dear.
Remember how Sony sued LG over their phone technology early last year? Yeah, me neither.
Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is, that that suit pissed LG off so much that they responded with their own intellectual property infringement suit, stating that Sony had stolen LG’s high definition encoding technology, that, among others, is used in Bravia TVs and Playstation 3 consoles.
In Europe, LG has won the preliminary injunction, and European customs officials will henceforth seize and confiscate all inbound PS3 shipments for at least ten days. At this point, LG has the option of applying for an extension of this ban. Meanwhile, Sony can appeal the ruling.
LG is trying to win a similar injunction against Sony in the United States.
This seriously doesn’t bode well for the Playstation 3, which is especially strong at retail in Europe.
At this point, all Sony Europe would say is that they are looking into it. We’ll keep you posted as more happens.