Nikon snaps back at lawsuit, suggests RED's compressed Raw patents aren’t entirely valid

3 weeks ago 15

Earlier this year, the cinema camera manufacturer RED filed a lawsuit alleging Nikon illegally used RED's patented data compression technology in its flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the Z9. Per Y.M. Cinema, Nikon has answered RED's lawsuit and denied 'almost all infringements.'

RED's original lawsuit claimed the Z9's internal compressed Raw capabilities infringed upon RED's patents for compressed raw. Further, per the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the plaintiff, RED, accused Nikon of knowingly using technology described in RED's patents. The patents describe technology to capture 'highly compress[ed] video data in a visually lossless manner' in Nikon's Z series cameras, 'such as the "Nikon Z9 with Firmware 2.0"'

Nikon licensed TicoRAW technology developed by intoPIX. IntoPIX described how its technology allowed Nikon to introduce 8K/60p video into the Z9 through a firmware update earlier this year. TicoRAW's patented compression technology is 'mathematically lossless and visually lossless down to 1 bit per pixel,' depending upon the compression rate used for line-based processing. This is very similar to how RED describes its compression technology.

RED has sued other companies involving its patents, including Kinefinity, Nokia and Sony. The latter company countersued, seeking damages and an injunction. In RED's suit against Nikon, RED sought 'an increase of damages up to three times the amount found or assessed at least due to Nikon's willful and deliberate infringement [and] entitled to an award of its attorneys' fees because Nikon's infringement presents an exceptional case.' When we published our original story, Nikon said it was unable to comment on the matter and RED didn't reply for comment.

Returning to the latest development, Nikon admits 'it knew about RED’s prior lawsuits involving one or more of the Asserted Patents, including, LLC v. Kinefinity, Inc., 8-21-cv- 00041 (C.D. Cal.);, Inc. v. Sony Corporation of America et al., 2-16-cv- 00937 (E.D. Tex.);, Inc. v. Nokia USA Inc. et al., 8-16-cv-00594 (C.D. Cal.); and, Inc. v. Sony Corporation of America et al., 3-13-cv-00334 (S.D. Cal.). Nikon further admits that it has known of the Asserted Patents at least as of the date of the service of the Complaint.'

Continuing, Nikon says, 'Nikon denies that RED is entitled to any relief in this action and asks the Court to deny any of the relief requested by RED in its Complaint […] RED’s claims for alleged patent infringement fail to state a claim upon which relief can be granted…'

Nikon claims in its answer to RED's suit that RED isn't entitled to injunctive relief because no injury has been established. Nikon continues to say that an injunction would serve the 'public interest.' Nikon also asks the court to enter judgment in its favor and against RED as follows: 'That RED takes nothing and is denied any relief whatsoever; That RED’s claims against Nikon be dismissed in their entirety and with prejudice; That Nikon be awarded the costs incurred in connection with this action…'

Interestingly, Nikon is taking what appears to be a different approach to its rebuttal to the lawsuit, suggesting that RED's patents shouldn't be enforcable. Specifically, Nikon argues that because RED was showing off the technology and even taking pre-orders for cameras using the company's compressed Raw technology before applying for the patent, the eventual patent they would receive should be narrower in scope than what it is, since the information was already public at the point of filing the patent application.

Nikon also suggests RED was 'ensnaring prior art,' meaning it was attempting – and eventually succeeded in – patenting technologies that were already understood within the camera industry.

If you want to read Nikon's full lawsuit, you can do so here. For now, Nikon Z9 users don't need to worry about losing the ability to shoot internal compressed RAW. Lawsuits can take a long time to be resolved, so it's not clear when, if at all, the result of any judicial decision will affect RED, Nikon or its customers. Check out this article if you'd like to learn more about RED's ongoing patent war.

Fujifilm X-H2 initial review

Fujifilm's X-H2 is a high-resolution stills and video camera, that sits alongside the high-speed X-H2S at the pinnacle of the company's range of X-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras. We dug into what it does and what it means.

 Autel Evo Lite+ is feature-packed but still falls short

The Autel Evo Lite+ features a camera with a relatively large sensor, variable aperture lens, and is capable of capturing 6K/30p video. Is this finally the competition DJI has so badly needed?

 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 Review

Sure, the name is a mouthful but the latest camera from Blackmagic has some impressive features. Find out how Jordan thinks it compares to the latest mirrorless hybrid cameras.

 The DJI Avata brings FPV flying to the masses

The DJI Avata takes inspiration from the FPV and cinewhoop worlds, so we were excited to take it for a spin and see what it could do. What we discovered is a beginner-friendly, fun-to-fly, stunt-capable model that has the potential to shoot eye-catching video.

Fujifilm X-H2S review

The Fujifilm X-H2S is the company's most ambitious APS-C camera, using a 26MP Stacked CMOS sensor to deliver the fastest shooting, best autofocus and most extensive video specs of any X-series camera yet. We tell you what you need to know in our full review.

Best cameras around $2000 in 2022

What’s the best camera for around $2000? These capable cameras should be solid and well-built, have both speed and focus for capturing fast action and offer professional-level image quality. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing around $2000 and recommended the best.

Best cameras for landscape photography in 2021

What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.

Best drones in 2022

If you're looking for the perfect drone for yourself, or to gift someone special, we've gone through all of the options and selected our favorites.

Best video cameras for photographers in 2022

Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer.

Best cameras for Instagram in 2021

Although a lot of people only upload images to Instagram from their smartphones, the app is much more than just a mobile photography platform. In this guide we've chosen a selection of cameras that make it easy to shoot compelling lifestyle images, ideal for sharing on social media.

Read Entire Article