PS3 Netherlands Ban Lifted

Via IGN, we have the latest twist in the already significantly knotted legal fight between Sony and LG over allegations of patent infringement. We all know how, after Korea’s LG charged that the PS3 Blu-Ray player violated their patent, a dutch court banned the importation of new Sony PS3 consoles into the Netherlands. Then, just days ago came the news that another judge authorized the confiscation of Playstation 3 consoles, even those already in private hands.

Now the BBB is reporting yet another a complication to this positively Shandy-esque mess: The ban on importing PS3 consoles has been lifted:

A court order, banning Sony from importing PlayStation 3′s into the Netherlands has been lifted…

The ban could have had wider repercussions, as Sony uses its Dutch facilities to import consoles for most of Europe.

Sony confirmed to BBC News that the ban had been lifted on Thursday afternoon.

This doesn’t mean it’s all caviar and cognac for Sony. LG appears to have a pretty solid case that Sony has failed to properly license LG’s tech. What’s that, you ask? Sony, violate another company’s patent? Yeah, we know, that’s crazy talk. But seriously, even though LG’s been ordered to pay some hefty fines related to the import ban-reversal, the lawsuit continues apace. And that’s just in the low countries. There’s another suit brewing here in the states over the same issue. Given Sony’s previous history of problems when it comes to other companies’ IP, they probably shouldn’t relax just yet.

Of course, we all know what that means: whatever else Sony has in store for 2011, if you work for their legal department, you have guaranteed job security for the forseeable future.

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