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PS3 seizures order lifted, LG fined €130,000

But legal proceedings continue with LG seeking $2.55 for every Blu-ray device sold

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.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.