The ongoing patent dispute between Sony and LG appears to be heating up – “several thousand” PS3s have been seized by Dutch police, according to The Guardian.
The units have been taken from Sony’s biggest European warehouse, suggesting LG is deadly serious about all this, with Sony being forced to attend an emergency hearing at the Hague today to battle the blockade.
The newspaper suggests that LG will apply to have the consoles destroyed as part of the judgment over Blu-ray patens, allegedly infringed by Sony in the games machine.
“If Sony is found to have infringed LG patents,” say The Guardian, “it could be forced to compensate the South Korean manufacturer for each PS3 it has sold around the world, which could cost hundreds of millions of pounds.”
This is in addition to blocks at both Rotterdam and Amsterdam’s Schiphol, where most of the imports of PS3 comes from for both UK and Europe. There are approximately 100,000 PS3s imported this way each week.
“This is only a preliminary injunction,” said a Sony spokesperson, “that has resulted in shipments being temporarily withheld. It does not indicate any acceptance of LG’s allegations. We consider these allegations unwarranted, and will take appropriate measures including filing a claim of opposition to courts in the Netherlands. We will not comment on any further details.”