SanDisk has been forced to remove new MP3 players from its stand at German trade show IFA, following legal action.

The company has been slammed with an injunction because it has refused to pay licensing fees enabling its devices to play MP3s. The action was bought by Italian patent company Sisvel.

The company recently launched an 8GB flash memory-based music player, designed to compete with the iPod nano. Like all other firms, the company is required to pay a licence fee for enabling MP3 playback.

SanDisk denies the charges and claims it has developed its own technologies to enable MP3 playback.