LG has just been granted a preliminary injunction against Sony from the civil court of justice in the Hague. This is due to a patent that LG says has been used in a number of Sony products.
Amazingly, this will see any new PlayStation 3 shipments to Europe confiscated by customs for at least 10 days. This is a massive setback for Sony who are obviously said to be “frantically” trying to get rid of the ban.
The banned systems are apparently already being stockpiled in Dutch warehouses and the injunction could quite possibly be extended. This may eventually lead to a shortage of PS3s, and the Guardian notes that retailers usually have two to three weeks of stock available across the continent.
Here’s hoping the two electronic powerhouses sort this out and it doesn’t effect Australia.