Sony says PS3 console seize is LG's attempt at "tit for tat" - Wikimedia

Sony has said that LG's patent infringement claims in Europe are a case of "tit for tat."

The comments come as the company has had shipments of its Playstation 3 console seized by customs officers in the Netherlands.

It is believed that the shipments have been taken following a court injunction after LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle. LG took Sony to town in the Netherlands' courts claiming that it had infringed on the use of several Blu-ray patents, which it claims are owned by LG and found in the PS3s.

The ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague means that all new PS3s have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.

A spokesperson tells TechEye: "At the end of February we were informed by the customs officers that there would be an investigation into Sony products, specifically what we believe was the PS3.
 
"We put this down to the fact that there is currently a patent dispute going on with LG around its Bluray technology

"There could be a slight tit for tat here as Sony is already working with the FCC in the US for claims that LG infringed our copyright."

Sony insists that the shipping problem is only temporary: "Although they have been seized by customs officers in the Netherlands, we would like to point out that this is only temporary. It doesn't show what LG is saying is right and we're currently filing opposition of this claim." 

Sony tried to pull a similar tactic with LG back in December when it filed patent-infringement claims seeking to block LG from shipping mobile phones to the US.

It filed the complaints with the International Trade Commission in Washington and in a federal court in Los Angeles. The eight Sony patents in the federal court case include one related to a way to display telephone-number listings, direction keys on a portable phone and signal transmission.

Other claims include that the LG phones, including the Lotus Elite, Neon, Remarq, Rumor 2 and Xenon are using Sony technology without permission.