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數位攝影機製造商RED控告Sony產品侵犯專利權

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科技產業資訊室 (iKnow) - SYL 發表於 2013年2月25日

2013年2月12日,以Red Digital Cinema為營業名稱、並以設計製造販售RED ONER、SCARLETR等品牌高畫質數位攝影機聞名的Red.com, Inc.公司(下稱RED),向美國加州南區聯邦地院提起專利侵權告訴,控告Sony之美國分公司Sony Corporation of America以及Sony Electroincs, Inc.,其所製造行銷的數位攝影機產品,如型號F65、F5與F55等,侵犯RED在近期所取得之兩項與數位攝影機相關的專利權利。

本案兩項系爭專利內容如下:

美國專利編號US 8,174,560與US 8,358,357,名稱均為「視訊攝影機(Video camera)」,前者於2012年5月8日核發,後者於2013年1月22日核發,發明人均為RED創辦人James Jannard以及Thomas Graeme Nattress。

Sony被控侵權的攝影機產品均為專業等級。RED在訴狀指出,Sony是RED的競爭者,其被控產品之銷售通路與RED均為相同。

根據其訴狀,至少從2005年起,RED便投入數位靜態與動態攝影設備 (digital still and motion cinematography camera)之設計開發與製造販售,而其專業用數位攝影機產品(如RED ONER),被用於好萊塢許多電影的製作中。(653字;表2)

表一、請求項解析

US 8,174,560請求項1 US 8,358,357請求項1
1. A video camera (Fig.1 - 10) comprising:
一項攝影機,包括
1. A video camera (Fig.1 - 10) comprising:
一項攝影機,包括
a portable housing (Fig.1 - 12);
一可攜式外殼
a portable housing (Fig.1 - 12) having at least one handle configured to allow a user to manipulate the orientation with respect to at least one degree of movement of the portable housing during a video recording operation of the camera;
一可攜式外殼,其具備至少一被配置來讓使用者可以在進行攝影機之錄影操作時、調整可攜式外殼至少一定程度之移動、藉以操縱其校準之把手
a lens assembly (Fig.1 - 16) supported by the housing and configured to focus light;
一鏡頭組,其為前述外殼所支撐並被配置來聚焦光線
an optics socket (Fig.1 - 16) supported by the portable housing and having an opening through which light emanating from outside the portable housing enters the portable housing;
一光學口,被可攜式外殼所支撐,並具備一開口讓在可攜式外殼外部所放射之光線可透過該開口進入可攜式外殼內
a light sensitive device (Fig.1 - 18) configured to convert the focused light into raw image data with a resolution of at least 2 k at a frame rate of at least about twenty-three frames per second;
一光敏裝置,其被配置來將經聚焦之光線轉換成為,在幀率大約至少每秒23張之條件下、具備2K之解析度的初步影像資料
an image sensor (Fig.1 - 18) within the portable housing, configured to convert, at a frame rate of at least twenty three frames per second, light passing through the opening of the optics socket into mosaiced image data that has a horizontal resolution of at least 4 k;
一影像感測器,其位於可攜式外殼中,被配置來以至少每秒23張的幀率,將穿透過前述光學口之開口的光線轉換成具備至少4K之水平解析度的拼接影像資料
a memory device (Fig.1 - 24); and
一記憶體裝置
a memory recorder (Fig.1 - 24) comprising one or more memory devices and removably mounted to an exterior of the portable housing, the one or more memory devices configured to store video image data; and
一記憶體記錄器,其由一或多個記憶體裝置所構成,並可裝卸地架設於前述可攜式外殼之外部,前述一或多個記憶體裝置被配置來儲存視訊影像資料
an image processing system (Fig.1 – 20& 22) configured to compress and store in the memory device the raw image data at a compression ratio of at least six to one and remain substantially visually lossless, and at a rate of at least about 23 frames per second.
一影像處理系統,其被配置來壓縮並儲存前述初步影像資料至前述記憶體裝置中,以至少6比1之壓縮比且保持實質影像未減損、以及以至少每秒23張之幀率為條件
an image processing system (Fig.1 – 20 & 22) configured to compress the mosaiced image data and store the compressed, mosaiced image data in the memory recorder at a rate of at least twenty three frames per second, wherein the compressed, mosaiced image data remains substantially visually lossless upon decompression and demosaicing, and the memory recorder has the capacity to store compressed, mosaiced image data compressed at a compression ratio of about 6:1 and corresponding to at least about 30 minutes of video at 12 mega pixel resolution, 12-bit color resolution, and at 60 frames per second.
一影像處理系統,其被配置來壓縮前述拼接影像資料,並以至少每秒23張之幀率將經壓縮之拼接影像資料儲存於記憶體記錄器中,而經壓縮之拼接影像資料在解壓縮與解拼接後維持無實質影像上之減損,而前述記憶體記錄器能儲存以約6比1之壓縮比所壓縮之經壓縮,並符合12百萬畫素、12位元色彩解析度與每秒60張之幀率的拼接影像資料
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Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2013/02

 

表二、專利訴訟案件基本資料:RED.com控告Sony

訴訟名稱 Red.com, Inc. v. Sony Corporation of America et al
提告日期 2013年2月12日
原告 Red.com, Inc.
被告 Sony Corporation of AmericaSony Electronics Inc.
案號 3:13-cv-00334-DMS-BGS
訴訟法院 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
系爭專利 US 8,174,560US 8,358,357
系爭產品 Sony F65攝影機,
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/show-highend/resource.solutions.bbsccms-assets-show-highend-F65.shtml (最終瀏覽日:2013/02/21);
Sony F5 攝影機,
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/show-highend/resource.solutions.bbsccms-assets-show-highend-F5.shtml(最終瀏覽日:2013/02/21);
Sony F55攝影機,
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/show-highend/resource.solutions.bbsccms-assets-show-highend-F55.shtml(最終瀏覽日:2013/02/21)
訴狀下載 download.gif

Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2013/02


 
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