Red Digital has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sony and is looking to have the F-series cameras destroyed.
Patent infringement lawsuits are not uncommon throughout the world of technology. Not a single month (dare we say, week?) goes by without companies suing one another for alleged patent infringement.
Most plaintiffs are looking to get money from the defendants, because their sales have been damaged, but not Red Digital. The California-based company wants more than that from Sony – it wants all F-series cameras to be “delivered up and destroyed”.
This is an uncommon demand, but Red is convinced that Sony’s patent infringement was willful, therefore the company needs to be punished for its insolence. Red Digital claims that the PlayStation maker is not authorized to sell F-series cameras, which are based on its patents.
Red Digital wants Sony to pay for the damages caused by the F5, F55, and F65 cameras
According to Red, the Sony F5, F55, and F65 camcorders have damaged its business, which has resulted in sales and profit losses. Additionally, the company’s reputation has also been damaged.
Red cameras are very popular among film makers. They were used for shooting movies like “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Informant” and “Prometheus”.
The company’s patents are valid and enforceable, says the complaint. Red requested a jury trial as soon as possible, in order to prevent further profit and reputation damages caused by Sony’s camcorders.
The plaintiff is demanding Sony to pay all the lost profits, the damages caused by the F-series cameras, and the entire legal fees. As stated above, Sony needs to retrieve all of the F5, F55, and F65 cameras and send them to Red, which will have them destroyed.
For the time being, both Red Digital and Sony have remained quiet and have not released public statements regarding the lawsuit.
As Sony needs no further introduction, it is worth mentioning that Red Digital has been founded back in 1999 by Jim Jannard. It is a company which provides digital cinematography products and which is on a lawsuit spree, having sued numerous companies in the past three years.