A peripheral manufacturer has been ordered to stop selling PS5 faceplates by Sony.
Having already changed the company's name following a complaint from tech giant Sony, the firm has now also had demands to cease selling the product or it will "end up in court", with lawyers insisting that Sony's intellectual property also "extended to the faceplates".
"Before we launched, we did our due diligence and were of the opinion, that because Sony only had pending patents on the faceplates there would be no problem," PlateStation5.com – now rebranded as CustomizeMyPlates – told VGC (opens in new tab).
"But after only a day of our website being live, Sony's lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements. We thought this switch would be enough to keep everyone happy, and honestly were hoping so since we were already underway with our product development.
"But then Sony's lawyers told us it was their opinion, Sony's intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court," the email continued. "This all came to light yesterday and we are now cancelling and refunding all faceplate orders worldwide... we are extremely disappointed about this but we have no other option."
All existing pre-orders have now been cancelled and are in the process of being refunded to customers.
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