Game not begun for Dutch PlayStation 3

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Japanese electronics giant Sony has announced that a shipment of its PlayStation 3 consoles is being held in a Dutch port after a court ruled in favour of a competitor in a continuing patent dispute case.

The shipment - reportedly comprising tens of thousands of consoles - has been held since February after the Dutch court handed down a temporary injunction from distributing the console in Europe. Sony said it is checking exactly when the injunction was issued and is investigating the next legal steps to take.

LG Electronics filed a patent complaint against Sony with the International Trade Commission in the US earlier this year, relating to its Blu-ray video technology used in PS3 machines. A spokesman for LG said he had no knowledge of any legal dispute with Sony in the Netherlands. He stressed that the company could not comment on pending legal matters.

Sony said that court decision had not affected its entire PS3 shipment to Europe. While the Netherlands is one of Sony's major access points to the continent, a spokesperson said there were other entry points.

Sony stands to lose millions of US dollars if it loses the case in the US as it would have to pay LG a royalty for every PS3 console sold.


© Radio Netherlands Worldwide/AFP

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