Sony One Ups LG In Patent Case Showdown, LG To Pay $180,000 In Legal Fees

By Colin Tan on March 10, 2011, 4:12PM EDT

Electronic giants, Sony and LG have been in a bit of a skuffle recently over Blu-ray patents, with LG successfully claiming a seizure order of any PS3 units in the Netherlands, where Sony Europe's logistics center resides. Roughly 300,000 PS3s were seized by customs officers, putting Sony in a bit of a chokehold.

However, as of today, Sony has won over LG regarding the seizure order, resulting in LG having to pay up to USD$180,000 in legal fees. In addition, LG will be fined an approximate amount of USD$275,000 for every day that the company fails to comply with payment. Keep in mind that this is only in regards to the seizure order, a full legal proceeding will still take place regarding the Blu-ray patents.

LG reportedly filed a patent complaint against Sony, alleging that the PS3 infringed on a number of patents. LG apparently wants royalties of approximately $2.50 for each PS3 sold, amounting to roughly $150-180 million as Sony has sold more than 47 million PS3s worldwide.

According to LG, the PS3 infringes on the following patents that are "essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard,"

"Recording medium having data structure for managing reproduction of text subtitle and recording and reproducing methods and apparatuses;

"Recording medium and method and apparatus for reproducing text subtitle stream recorded on the recording medium;

"Recording medium having data structure for managing reproduction of data streams recorded thereon and recording and reproducing methods and apparatuses."

Sony lawyers have said they are willing to negotiate with LG to settle the case, as well as all other disputes between the two, "but not with a knife to the throat." In addition to the seizure and patent case, Sony is also in dispute with Zenith, an LG subsidiary, over a number of digital TV patents. Sony also previously filed claims against LG, alleging that a number of LG smartphones currently infringe on Sony patents.

Source: Foss Patents

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