RED takes on Sony over video camera patents

As with most technologies, camera tech is something that heavily invested companies want to protect through patents and intellectual properties. One company famous for their cameras is RED, and they could be fighting Sony in a courtroom.

Sony is allegedly responsible for stepping on Red Digital Cinema's (RED) territory with their several camera models. RED's claim to fame is the "RED One," a camera capable of shooting at 4k resolution. Sony has supposedly stepped on RED's toes with their patents, using something they have not properly licensed.

The patents in question are #8358357 and #8174560, which you can view on Scribd; if you're interested, the entire lawsuit is available to read online. One interesting thing is that the lawsuit basically says to take a sledgehammer to the infringing cameras - destroy them all.

Jim Jannard, founder of RED, explained why they were going after Sony on RedUser.net. He stated:

Patents are here for a reason. They protect IP. Receiving a patent now means that you have an obligation to protect it... or they have absolutely no value whatsoever.

Users over on the forum have indicated approval of Jannard's approach, with some cynical of Sony's operations. The Sony cameras affected are the PMWF5, PMWF55 and PMWF65, all of which are professional-grade.

Source: Digital Journal

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Yeah, if there are massive fines, this could be the end of Sony who has been in financial trouble for quite some time now. They used to be so great in the 80's and 90's, after that it all went to sh*t. They were the Apple of this time, but now they are notorious for their copycatting and fanboy horde that are stuck in the past.

Well have they picked the wrong enemy. Sony has a gigantic patent portfolio, possibly the biggest in the whole video camera and media technology world but they're usually not bothering with smaller infractions. If they decide to dig through their library and counter-sue they could cause RED a serious amount of trouble.

Not if Sony buckles first. Patent lawsuits (yuck) can lead up to Billions in damages and that's something Sony can't afford right now with their rising $150 Billion in liabilities. They already had to sell real estate and value bonds to raise money and this could cripple them.

Ambroos said,
Well have they picked the wrong enemy. Sony has a gigantic patent portfolio, possibly the biggest in the whole video camera and media technology world but they're usually not bothering with smaller infractions. If they decide to dig through their library and counter-sue they could cause RED a serious amount of trouble.
You can have 1Billion patents, but if you don't have the right one for the tech you are using, your portfolio can't help you if you get sued. Addressing how many patents a company owns is pretty lame.