Round 2 ladies and gentlemen.
Recall a couple months back when RED initiated suit against Sony for patent infringement by Sony’s F65, F55 and F5 cinema cameras. RED wanted to literally have Sony’s cameras pulled from shelves and destroyed.
Now, it’s Sony’s turn.
On the eve of NAB 2013, Sony released a statement that it has filed suit against RED for infringing on seven of its patents.
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.
While I have not read the complaint that Sony filed, Sony is asking for essentially the same relief in court that RED asked for – “an injunction to stop the continued sale of Red’s infringing products.” Although, there is no apparent demand to destroy all RED cameras…
As noted in my prior article on RED’s suit, there is a big “if” regarding whether these lawsuits ever make it to trial. It sure looks like Sony is pushing this lawsuit in direct response to the suit filed by RED. Sony is probably trying to build some leverage to settle both suits.
Of course, Sony could have a very strong case and RED a weak case (or vice versa). If those circumstances become apparent to either party, it could be a bloodbath in the digital cinema camera world…