PlayStation 3 fans and retailers in Europe now have a reason to rejoice, as Sony has won its appeal against the injunction ordered against the importing of the PS3 into Europe and the subsequent seizure of consoles. To top it all off, LG have even been fined 130,000 Euro, have to pay for the rest of the court proceedings and will be hit with further fines of 200,000 Euro for each day they delay returning the seized PS3s to Sony.
According to Dutch site, Insidegamer.nl, the decision was made at an emergency hearing convened following the appeal filed by Sony. While Sony have won this battle, the war is far from over, as lengthy legal proceedings to determine if Sony’s really are infringing on LG’s patents will follow.
There is also the possibility of an out-of-court settlement, but Sony have indicated they’re only willing to negotiate if they don't have to deal with a “knife at the throat”. LG are looking for the payment of royalties, whereas Sony is looking for a complete settlement of all the disputes the two companies are embroiled in, which includes a similar patent dispute in the US which is now under investigation by the ITC.
It’ll be interesting to see where this goes from here.
via FOSS Patents