Back in early October a company calling itself “Plate Station” revealed a line of PS5 faceplates that are customizable, interchangeable and available in multiple colors. As of now, reports show that Sony is threatening a lawsuit for patent infringement against Plate Station, forcing them to cancel all orders and change its name.
The company has changed its name to CustomizeMyPlates and released this statement in an email sent to VGC: “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,” they continued. “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.”
The company then went on to say: “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,” they added. “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.”
Due to the patent infringement threats, the company has since moved its attention to legal console skins and moving away from the before offered PS5 faceplates.
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