RED Digital Cinema is suing Sony claiming that they violated their patents on the F65, F55 and F5 cameras. RED is seeking monetary damages for loss of profits and also asking that all f-series of cameras from Sony be “delivered up and destroyed.”
James Jannard, founder of Red Digital Cinema, says that Sony has used his company’s technology on their line of F5, F55 and F65 cameras without a license to do so. In this lawsuit RED is demanding that Sony completely reclaim and destroy all of the models that use their technology and to cease and desist any action that may incorporate their technology without licensing rights.
Jannard says his company has suffered a drastic reduction in profits and a major loss of sales from Sony’s ‘willful and wanton’ patent infringement.
In the formal complaint that was filed, RED writes in part, “RED is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges that Sony is selling certain video cameras that unlawfully embody the claimed subject matter of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,174,560 and 8, 358, 357. In particular, RED is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges, that Defendant's F65, F5 and F55 cameras all embody the subject matter claimed in RED's asserted patents without any license thereunder and thereby infringe RED's U.S. Patent Nos. 8,174,560 and 8, 358, 357.”
The cinema company is also requesting for a trial by jury and also seeks “an assessment and award of damage against Defendants in the amount no less than lost profits or a reasonable royalty.” Furthermore, the lawsuit is also seeking reimbursement of all legal fees incurred from the litigation process.
Billionaire James Jannard formed RED in 1999. The super high definition RED One digital camera that was released in 2007 soon became a popular choice for filmmakers wanting to create films that looked as impressive as 35mm but at a lower cost. Even big budget films such as The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey (2012) was shot with RED digital cameras.