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Sony Comments re Patent Suit Filed Against Red Digital Cinema

On April 5, 2013, Sony Corporation (“Sony”) sued Red Digital Cinema (“Red”) for infringing 7 of Sony’s patents in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Sony believes that the Red ONE, EPIC and SCARLET cameras, various digital still and motion camera modules, and various accessories such as the REDMOTE infringe our patents. Sony is seeking both money damages and an injunction to stop the continued sale of Red’s infringing products. Sony makes significant investments into the research & development of technology related to the cinema camera industry and intends to protect those investments against companies that infringe our patents.

HDW : Maybe RED should have left well alone, you don’t fight giants unless your name is David !


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One thought on “RED on the ropes

  1. A different take…

    Red has played rope-a-dope exactly to where they want to be now.

    I think this litigation is great for the cinema industry, and the sooner the ownership of what IP is established by the courts, the better.

    We need clarity as to who owns what IP and who doesn’t so the royalties can be exchanged and new products come to market without infringing the IP or else simply properly licensing it. R&D is expensive…

    In the ending, I hope an onslaught of knockoff products by price-conscious companies pay the royalties and release properly licensed copy-cat products so we my all enjoy 4K RAW and above without further concern for who’s camera will end up in a grinder.

    I don’t blame Sony or Red here, it’s the IP system and lack of international enforcement that’s in shambles, and that all impacts what products we have to choose from and from how many companies…

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