Earlier this yr, the cinema digital camera producer RED filed a lawsuit alleging Nikon illegally used RED’s patented information compression know-how in its flagship full-frame mirrorless digital camera, the Z9. Per Y.M. Cinema, Nikon has answered RED’s lawsuit and denied ‘nearly all infringements.’
RED’s unique lawsuit claimed the Z9’s inner compressed Uncooked capabilities infringed upon RED’s patents for compressed uncooked. Additional, per the lawsuit filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Central District of California, the plaintiff, RED, accused Nikon of knowingly utilizing know-how described in RED’s patents. The patents describe know-how to seize ‘extremely compress[ed] video information in a visually lossless method’ in Nikon’s Z collection cameras, ‘such because the “Nikon Z9 with Firmware 2.0″‘
Nikon licensed TicoRAW know-how developed by intoPIX. IntoPIX described how its know-how allowed Nikon to introduce 8K/60p video into the Z9 by means of a firmware replace earlier this yr. TicoRAW’s patented compression know-how is ‘mathematically lossless and visually lossless all the way down to 1 bit per pixel,’ relying upon the compression fee used for line-based processing. That is very much like how RED describes its compression know-how.
RED has sued different corporations involving its patents, together with Kinefinity, Nokia and Sony. The latter firm countersued, searching for damages and an injunction. In RED’s go well with in opposition to Nikon, RED sought ‘a rise of damages as much as 3 times the quantity discovered or assessed a minimum of as a result of Nikon’s willful and deliberate infringement [and] entitled to an award of its attorneys’ charges as a result of Nikon’s infringement presents an distinctive case.’ After we printed our unique story, Nikon stated it was unable to touch upon the matter and RED did not reply for remark.
Returning to the newest improvement, Nikon admits ‘it knew about RED’s prior lawsuits involving a number of of the Asserted Patents, together with Purple.com, LLC v. Kinefinity, Inc., 8-21-cv- 00041 (C.D. Cal.); Purple.com, Inc. v. Sony Company of America et al., 2-16-cv- 00937 (E.D. Tex.); Purple.com, Inc. v. Nokia USA Inc. et al., 8-16-cv-00594 (C.D. Cal.); and Purple.com, Inc. v. Sony Company of America et al., 3-13-cv-00334 (S.D. Cal.). Nikon additional admits that it has identified of the Asserted Patents a minimum of as of the date of the service of the Criticism.’
Persevering with, Nikon says, ‘Nikon denies that RED is entitled to any reduction on this motion and asks the Court docket to disclaim any of the reduction requested by RED in its Criticism […] RED’s claims for alleged patent infringement fail to state a declare upon which reduction may be granted…’
Nikon claims in its reply to RED’s go well with that RED is not entitled to injunctive reduction as a result of no harm has been established. Nikon continues to say that an injunction would serve the ‘public curiosity.’ Nikon additionally asks the court docket to enter judgment in its favor and in opposition to RED as follows: ‘That RED takes nothing and is denied any reduction in any respect; That RED’s claims in opposition to Nikon be dismissed of their entirety and with prejudice; That Nikon be awarded the prices incurred in reference to this motion…’
Curiously, Nikon is taking what seems to be a unique method to its rebuttal to the lawsuit, suggesting that RED’s patents should not be enforcable. Particularly, Nikon is arguing that as a result of RED had proven off and brought pre-orders for cameras utilizing its compressed Uncooked know-how earlier than making use of for one in every of its key patents it is claiming Nikon infringed upon, RED’s declare to the know-how will not be legitimate since patents should be utilized for earlier than info is made public.
RED suggests in its lawsuit that this patent was primarily based on a fair earlier patent software, however Nikon additional argues that a number of of the patents key claims weren’t particularly talked about within the earlier software submitted earlier than RED made its digital camera and its compress Uncooked know-how public information.
If you wish to learn Nikon’s full lawsuit, you are able to do so right here. For now, Nikon Z9 customers needn’t fear about shedding the flexibility to shoot inner compressed RAW. Lawsuits can take a very long time to be resolved, so it isn’t clear when, if in any respect, the results of any judicial determination will have an effect on RED, Nikon or its prospects. Try this article if you would like to study extra about RED’s ongoing patent conflict.