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Crimson is suing Nikon for allegedly infringing on its video compression expertise with the Z9’s N-RAW video seize: Digital Pictures Evaluation


A brand new lawsuit, filed by representatives for cinema digicam producer RED, accuses Nikon of illegally utilizing its patented information compression expertise in its Nikon Z9 full-frame mirrorless digicam.

In accordance with the lawsuit, filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Central District of California, the plaintiff, Crimson.com, LLC (RED), is accusing the defendant, Nikon Company (Nikon), of patent infringement. Particularly, RED is accusing Nikon of knowingly utilizing expertise described in RED’s patents pertaining to ‘extremely compress[ed] video information in a visually lossless method’ in its Nikon’s Z collection mirrorless cameras, ‘such because the “Nikon Z9 with Firmware 2.0.”’

As we reported again in December 2021, Nikon is licensing intoPIX’s TicoRAW expertise for the 8K/60p N-Uncooked video in its Z9 mirrorless digicam. What’s fascinating is that intoPIX describes its patented TicoRAW expertise as ‘mathematically lossless and visually lossless right down to 1 bit per pixel,’ which is extremely much like how RED describes its expertise.

A screenshot from intoPIX’s web site exhibiting the advantages of its patented TicoRAW expertise.

RED additional alleges Nikon knew about these patented applied sciences and its ‘prior lawsuits involving a number of of the asserted patents.’ Particularly, RED mentions its complaints in opposition to Kinefinity, Nokia and Sony, with Sony going as far as to countersue RED for infringing upon its patents.

In accordance with RED’s criticism, Nikon’s use of its patented compression expertise is ‘more likely to trigger irreparable hurt to RED, which can’t be adequately compensated by cash damages,’ by way of ‘misplaced gross sales and earnings, diminished enterprise, and damage to its common popularity and trade standing.’ Regardless of alleging it ‘can’t be adequately compensated by cash damages, RED says it’s ‘entitled to a rise of damages as much as thrice the quantity discovered or assessed at the very least because 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.’

RED can be looking for ‘a preliminary and everlasting injunction enjoining Nikon from infringing the claims,’ that means it desires Nikon to cease selling and promoting the merchandise allegedly infringing upon RED’s expertise. What isn’t clear is why RED is suing Nikon as an alternative of intoPIX, contemplating Nikon’s licensing of intoPIX’s TicoRAW expertise was pretty effectively coated in trade. Nevertheless, RED does particularly point out that Nikon sells merchandise in the identical channels because it does within the criticism and notes gross sales Nikon’s allegedly infringing merchandise will harm RED’s backside line.

That is purely hypothesis, nevertheless it’s potential RED does not really feel as if they’ve a case in opposition to intoPIX, since they’re in numerous markets: digicam {hardware} vs codec licensing, respectively. It is also potential RED is hoping this criticism will lead to a settlement with Nikon, who can doubtless afford to come back to a extra substantial monetary settlement in comparison with intoPIX.

Under is the total criticism:

We’ve got contacted each Nikon and RED for feedback on this matter. As of publishing this text, solely Nikon responded, however mentioned it was ‘unable to touch upon the matter.’


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