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Pink is suing Nikon for allegedly infringing on its video compression know-how with the Z9’s N-RAW video seize: Digital Pictures Assessment


A brand new lawsuit, filed by representatives for cinema digicam producer RED, accuses Nikon of illegally utilizing its patented knowledge compression know-how 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, Pink.com, LLC (RED), is accusing the defendant, Nikon Company (Nikon), of patent infringement. Particularly, RED is accusing Nikon of knowingly utilizing know-how described in RED’s patents pertaining to ‘extremely compress[ed] video knowledge in a visually lossless method’ in its Nikon’s Z sequence mirrorless cameras, ‘such because the “Nikon Z9 with Firmware 2.0.”’

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

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

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 towards Kinefinity, Nokia and Sony, with Sony going as far as to countersue RED for infringing upon its patents.

In accordance with RED’s grievance, Nikon’s use of its patented compression know-how is ‘more likely to trigger irreparable hurt to RED, which can’t be adequately compensated by cash damages,’ by means of ‘misplaced gross sales and earnings, diminished enterprise, and damage to its basic status and business 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 a minimum of as a consequence 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 also be looking for ‘a preliminary and everlasting injunction enjoining Nikon from infringing the claims,’ which means it desires Nikon to cease selling and promoting the merchandise allegedly infringing upon RED’s know-how. What isn’t clear is why RED is suing Nikon as an alternative of intoPIX, contemplating Nikon’s licensing of intoPIX’s TicoRAW know-how was pretty properly coated in business. Nonetheless, RED does particularly point out that Nikon sells merchandise in the identical channels because it does within the grievance and notes gross sales Nikon’s allegedly infringing merchandise will harm RED’s backside line.

That is purely hypothesis, however it’s attainable RED does not really feel as if they’ve a case towards intoPIX, since they’re in several markets: digicam {hardware} vs codec licensing, respectively. It is also attainable RED is hoping this grievance will end in a settlement with Nikon, who can seemingly afford to come back to a extra substantial monetary settlement in comparison with intoPIX.

Under is the complete grievance:

We now have 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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