Sony gets PS3 import ban lifted

A ban on Playstation 3 imports into Europe has been lifted by a court in the latest episode of a long-running dispute between Sony and LG.

The Korean electronics company had alleged that Sony had infringed use of its Blu-Ray technology in the games console, leading to a 10-day import ban earlier this month.

More than 300,000 PS3s were impounded in warehouses in the Netherlands while LG demanded a royalty payment of $2.50 for every PS3 sold.

The companies are currently locked in battle over seven other patents, which has led to Sony seeking to block shipments of LG smartphones to the United States.

The latest ruling by the court has ordered LG to pay legal fees of about €130,000, although Sony will still have to defend the claims of patent infringement at a later date.

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