Sony has won the first round of a legal battle with LG over a Blu-ray patent infringement, with a court in the Hague lifting a prejudgment seizure order on PlayStation 3 stock.
All PlayStation 3 units will now be freed and LG has been ordered to pay a fine of 130,000. For every day LG does not pay, the fine will be increased by 200,000.
According to the fosspatents blog, verifying reports by InsideGamer.nl and gamer.nl, Sony is free to distribute consoles across Europe - initially 300,000 units were seized at a value of 43 million. Sony is now expected to move another nine shipments of between 15,000-20,000 units each into Europe.
The latest order only concerns the prejudgement seizure and not the wider ongoing case, in which LG is seeking a royalty payment of between $2.50-$2.55 for each Blu-ray device sold by Sony.
There are already 47 million PlayStation 3 units sold globally, with other Sony hardware containing Blu-ray technology and allegedly infringing on patents. LG estimates that Sony already owes it up to $180 million for for devices sold.