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Virtual Legality Episode 350

SONY: Plate Has Its Limits (Legal Threats Against Plate Customizer)

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When Sony first revealed in a PlayStation 5 (PS5) breakdown video that the hardware's large white plates could be removed, it came as no surprise that there would be a market for replacements.

Something more of a surprise, however, was the virtually instantaneous creation of a third party plate manufacturer, first named "PlateStation 5", before being renamed "Customize My Plates".

Less surprising was Sony's similarly instantaneous decision to take legal action against the company.

Intellectual property protection is like spinning plates...in Virtual Legality.

#Sony #PS5 #Plates


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Discussed in this episode:

"PS5: Third-Party Company Already Selling Custom Faceplates"
IGN - October 23, 2020 - Adam Bankhurst
https://www.ign.com/articles/ps5-third-party-company-already-selling-custom-faceplates

Customize My Plates Product Page
https://www.customizemyplates.com/collections/all-products

"Those asking why the name and website was changed - we made the move to respect trademark and copyright claims."
Tweet - October 29, 0220 - Customize My Plates (@customizeplates)
https://twitter.com/customizeplates/status/1321893679213268993

"PS5 faceplate seller is now cancelling all orders following ‘legal action from Sony’"
VGC - November 1, 2020 - Andy Robinson
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/ps5-faceplate-seller-is-now-cancelling-all-orders-following-legal-action-from-sony/

"Help us out, Hoeg!"
Tweet - November 1, 2020 - iconmaster (@iconmaster)
https://twitter.com/iconmaster/status/1323002987262955522

"Patents for designs"
35 USC 171
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/35/171

"Design patents: a growing trend in the hardware space"
White and Case - July 29, 2019 - Bijal Vakil
https://www.whitecase.com/publications/article/design-patents-growing-trend-hardware-space

"Brand Protection: Looking Beyond Trademarks to A Broader Arsenal of Intellectual Property Tools"
Folely & Lardner - February 15, 2019 - Laura Ganoza and Hannah Lutz
https://casetext.com/analysis/brand-protection-looking-beyond-trademarks-to-a-broader-arsenal-of-intellectual-property-tools

"Additional remedy for infringement of design patent"
35 USC 289
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/35/289

"Patent Pending: Definition, Benefits and Warning"
OC Patent Lawyer Blog - July 24, 2019 - James Yang
https://ocpatentlawyer.com/patent-pending-definition-benefits-warning/

"Contents and term of patent; provisional rights"
35 USC 154
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/35/154


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