Files Appeal Over Blatant Lack of Inventiveness; Committed to Rollout of HORIZON3D High-Brightness System
SAINT PETERSURG, Russia — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 21, 2014 — MasterImage 3D, a worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, challenged the validity of RealD’s utility model (UM) patent in Russia by filing an appeal before the Chamber for Patent Dispute. MasterImage 3D specifically asserts that RealD’s utility model patent fails to meet the requirements for patent protection in Russia.
RealD’s Russian utility model patent is not valid and lacks novelty and inventiveness, according to MasterImage 3D. In fact, the UM application was only successfully granted because Russian UM patents lacks substantive examination.
RealD’s utility model patent application was filed in response to MasterImage 3D’s new HORIZON3D product line which uses a light recycling, triple-beam design to achieve industry-leading brightness and accommodate contemporary auditoriums with wide screens and immersive experiences. The HORIZON3D is capable of 33% light efficiency and a throw-ratio as low as 0.8.
MasterImage 3D asserted that it will stand with customers in all cases, as RealD has taken varying actions to threaten customers around the world. If RealD continues unsupported threats against MasterImage 3D customers, MasterImage 3D will take any action necessary to stop them. MasterImage 3D is also evaluating their own legal remedies to counter RealD’s misuse of the UM patent.
MasterImage 3D filed and has been granted several invention patent applications in Korea for their innovative technologies in 3D cinema systems. This technology is the design for the HORIZON3D product-line. This inventive patent application has been filed in Russia based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) procedures. RealD’s utility model in question was filed after that of MasterImage 3D’s invention patent application.
MasterImage 3D, Inc: Leader in optical 3D display solutions for cinema and mobile devices. Over 7,000 3D cinema systems in over 70 countries. Brightest, sharpest 3D experience with compelling ownership pricing model. Invented, patented and mass-produced leading technology for auto-stereoscopic display. Privately held; headquartered in Los Angeles. Offices in the UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Brazil. ( masterimage3d.com)
Adam MacDonald, Director of Digital Cinema