Axis and Arecont Legal Conflict Over Multi-Imager Cameras

By: Brian Karas, Published on Aug 17, 2017

Arecont threatened Axis.

Axis has responded by moving to invalidate an Arecont patent.

It is an important contest. Multi-imagers are Arecont's most important product offering, the key segment holding Arecont up in the race to the bottom. And multi-imagers are now a key growth market for Axis.

In this note, we examine Arecont's patent, Axis' response and the chances of Arecont successfully defending their patent.

******* ********** ****.

**** *** ********* ** moving ** ********** ** Arecont ******.

** ** ** ********* contest. *****-******* *** *******'* most ********* ******* ********, the *** ******* ******* Arecont ** ** *** race ** *** ******. And *****-******* *** *** a *** ****** ****** for ****.

** **** ****, ** examine *******'* ******, ****' response *** *** ******* of ******* ************ ********* their ******.

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Arecont ******

** ****** *******, *** ******** ** Arecont ****** *** ** September ****. ** ********* "an *************** **** ************ multi-camera *******". *** *********** of *** ****** ******** Arecont's ****** *** ******** individual ***** ******* ** be ************ ********** ** a ******** *****, ***** fasteners **** ** ****** or ******* ** ****** them ** *****, **** capability *** ** *** key ******* ****** ** Arecont's ************* **** ** and*********. ************* **** *** patent **** ******** ** the ********** ********:

Arecont ************ ***********

***** ****** ***** *** patent *** ********,******* ****** ** ********, claiming **** *** ********** on **** ******, *** *********** **** infringement ***** **** ** a ******** ** ****' new***** *****-****** ******:

Axis ********

**** ******** **** *** following ********* ** ******** to *******'* ******:

** *** **** ** Axis' ********* **** *** of *** ***********, ******* Vision, ** ******* *** information ** **** ** our ********* ******** **** the **** ***** ***** infringe ** * ******* US ******. **** ***** these *********** ****** *** falsely **** *** *** unfounded ******* ** ****’ customers. **** ****** ****** our ********* ****** ***** be ** ***** **** our ******** ** *** IP ***** ** *****. Axis ******** ****** ************ Property (**) *** *** going ** ***** ******* in ***** ******* ****** to **** **** ** continue ** ** **. At *** **** **** we ******* *** *********** to ***** ******* *** IP. **** ******** **** Canon ********** *** ****** of *** ** *** largest ****** ********** ** the *****.

*** ******* ** *** Axis/Canon ****** ********* ***** be *********** ** * statement ** *******, ** any ****** ** *** security ********, **** ****** claims ******* *****, ** its ************, *** ****** to ** ********** ********. Related,***** **** ********.

*************, ***** ** * shortage ** **** ***** cameras ** ** ******* in ******* ******* ******** ******. *******, **** **** that **** ** ** due ** ***** ******* demand, *** *** ***** issue.

Axis ***** ** ********** *******'* ******

** * **** **** filing,**** *** ***** ** have *******'* ****** ***********, ******* ** "*******". A ******* ** ***** position ******:

********* ** **** ************** AB, * ****** ****** ordinary ***** ** *** art — ******* ** someone **** ** ***** an *********’* ****** ** Mechanical *********** ** ** equivalent *****, ** **** as *** ***** ** practical ********** ** ** industry ******** ** ********* housings ** ******** — would **** *** ****** housings ********* ** ********** Arecont ****** ***’* *.*. patent **. *,***,**********. [******** ****]

******* ******** ********** ****' invalidation ************ ** ********** ** prior ***, *********** ******* that *** ******** ****** Arecont ********* *** ******* invented ****** ******* **** their ******. **** ** these ***** *** ********** date ***** ** *******'* founding ** ****.

Arecont ********

******* *** *** ******* any ****** ****** **** has **** ****** ******** and ******: "** ** not ******* ** ******* like ****. **** ** have ********* ** ***, we **** ***** * press *******."

Compared ** *****/******** ****

**** ******* ** ********** Arecont's ******* ** * much ******** ******** **** the*****/******** *******, ************ **** ***** do *** ****** ** be *** ****** ************ cases ******* ******* **** by *******, ****** * statement **** ******* ** 'exploring' **** *****. ****, particularly *** *****, *********** has *** ******* ** use ***** ***** ********* to ****** * ***** blow ** ******* ** getting **** ****** ***********.

Odds ** ********** ************

**% ** ************ ******** filed **** ********** ** invalidating *** ****** ** the ******** *******, *** another **% *** **** of *** ****** ****** invalidated ** **** ********* to ************* ** ****** ************ proceedings ** * ***** firm. ** * ******* trend, **** ***** ***** Axis, *******, **** ****** analyze *** ******** ** patents.

Invalidation ****** ** *******

************ ***** ******** **** competitors ** ***** ******* multi-imagers, ********** *** ********** for ******* ** **** key ***** *** ****. Over *** *****, ** have ***** **** ************* express ******** ***** *******'* patent ********* ** **** space. ****, ***** ******* certainly ***** **** **** patents, ****** * ****** invalidated ***** **** **** appear **** ** ********** in *** ****** **** where **** ****** ** try *** ******* ***** patents.

Arecont ** ********* ********

******* ** ** * difficult ******** ** ****** years ** **** ************* have ***** ******** ***** imager *******, *******'* ***** differentiator. ** ******** ***** they **** * ****** position ** **** ******, with ****** *********** ***********. Now, **** **** ****** competition **** ************* **** broader ******* ******* ********** or ***-**-*** *********, ******** challenges *** *******. ********** to ******** *********** ******* patent *********** ** * risky ********, ** **** if **** ***, **** can ****** ** ******* or ** * ******* whose ******** ** *** compete ** * ********* or ******* *****, ******* instead ** ********** ** earn ********.

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Comments (37)

*** *** **** **** use ** * ** camera ****** ** *******? Didn't **** ****** ** cameras?

**** *** ********* **** early ** *** ** camera ****, *** **** do *** **** * patent ** "** *******". If **** *** ***** to ****** ********* ** broad **** ***** **** most ****** **** ******, based ** ***** ************ of ******* ***** ********* from * ******. ** early ******* ********* *** ******* ****, ***** ***** live ********* ** * browser ** ****, ***** several ***** ****** **** released ***** *** *******.

*** * *** **** having ***** **** **** earlier **** ***** *** asked **** ***** *****, "What **** *** ** long ** **** *** with *****-****** *******? *** it * ****** *****?" They **** **, *** to ***** ****** **** gave ** ** ****** reason, **** **** **** hadn't **** ********* ** customers.

*** *** *****. **** be *********** *** ** turns ***.

* **** ** ********** one *** *** "***'* put ******* ********* ****** in *** **** *******!" and **** ** ****** of * ****** ** it's ***. ** ***** to ** *** ****** today *** ****** ** do **** *** ****** it *** ********** *********.

**'* **** ******* ********* a *******, *** ******* else ****** *** **** slots *** ******* ** something ***. **** *********...

** ** ****, *******'* patent ** **** **** applies **** ** *** those ********** ******* *** able ** ******** ** the **** ****** *** housing, *** **** *** concept ** ****** **** than * ***** ****** in * *******.

* **** ** *** in **** *****, *** I ******* **** **** help ******* *** **** is ********* ******* **** new *****-** ****** *** 15+ ***** *** *** delivery ***** ***.

**** ****** **** ** not *** ****. ** their *****, **** *** shipping *****'*, *** **** long-lead *****. ****, ******* has *** ***** *** formal ***** ******* ****, so ** ***** ** unlikely **** **** ***** be ******* ** *****'* simply ******* ******* **** a ***** ********* ***** 'evaluating **** *****'.

**** *** ***** ******** they **** *** **** may ** ******** **** now, *** * **** a ****** ******** **** Axis ******* **** **** are ** ***** *** on ******** *** ****** for *****'*. ** *** be ******* *** ** unfortunate ***********, *** ****'* a ****** ********** *********** if **.

* ********, * ** not ***** **** ******* to **** *******'* ****** invalidated ******** ***** **** times. *** ***** **** argue **** *** ***** has ****** **** ******* than **** *********** (****, the **** *****), *** they *** ****** **** move ** ****** **** Arecont *** *** **** up ********** ** *** future.

** **** ****** *********, or ******* ****** *** orders *** *****'*, **** I ***** ***** **** the *********** ****** ** very **** *** ***** may ** **** ** the *****.

**** **** * ****** forecasted ***** **** ******* for ******** ** *** P3707 *** **** ***, which **** ******* **** many ***** ******* ******, crippled ***** ******.

**** **** * **** heard *** ***** ** shipment ****** ** *** to **** ***** ********* buying ** **** ** these ******* *** ***** projects ** **** **** keeping *** ****** *** for *** ******.

******** ** **** ********* this ** * ****. Think ***** ** *** popularity ** **** ****** being *** *******, *** license *** *** ***** makes ** * ***** choice. ** *** **** a ***** ******** **** wants *** * **** cameras *** ****** *** demands *** ******** **** all **** ** **** this ** **** ******* instead ** ********* ** the ******** *****.

******* -

***'* **** ***** ***** to *****, ** ******* employee **** ******* **** discussion *** **** *** majority ** *** ********/********* votes ** ******** (********* my ******** ********* *******).

******* *** **** ** vote ** **** ******, and ** ********* ****** overall. ** **** ********* people ** ****** ****** Disagree ** ********* *****, they *** ****** ************** of ******* ******* ** a ***** *******.

** * ***** ********** end ****, * *** say **** ** **** initiated **** ******* ***** on ******* *******'* **** any ***** ****** ** have ** *** ******.

* **** *** ******* Axis *****'* *** *****'* installed ***** **** *** have ***** *** *** issue **** ****. ** a ******, * **** to ******* ***** *******'* with **** ******* ** the **** ****.

* ** **** *** Arecont ****** ** *********** to **** ** **** competition *** ***** ***** of *******.

**** *** ***-***** ****, and ******** * ****** fastened ** * **** with * *****, **** like **** '** *******. May *** ** *********, but *** ******* ** the ****, *** *******, it's ******* ** ****. As ****, *** **** firm ****** **** ** issue ********* *** **** P3707, ****** ***-******, ******** H4-MH, ** *** ****.

***********! **** *** ******* D10 *** ****** ** well ***** **** * think ** ****? **** Lens :)

* ***'* ***** *** D10 *** ******* **** could ** ***** ****** on * *********, ***** like ***** ****, *** patent ******* **** ** how *** ******* *** moved **** **** ****** multiple *******. *** ********** just ****** ******** ******* in *** ******* ** not ****** *** * patent, * ***** *****.

*** *** **** *** sensors ****** *** ******* using * ******* ***** key

****** **** *** **** desperate **** ** *** dice ** ******* ** me...

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'***, *** ***'* ** develop **** ***** *** camera **** ** **** in ********?'

*/*

'***** *** *****? **** we *** **** *** competitors *** * ****** of ***** *** ****** on *** ********?'

**** ***** ** ***** about *** *****:

- *** ********** ******.

- *** ****.

- ***** ********** ****** (dome, ******).

***** **** ** * patent *** ****... ** you **** *** ***** them?

***** *** *** ** old **** *** ******* that *** ***** ***** have ******* ** *** if *** *** ***** talking ***** ****** ** those **********.

* **** ** ****** sell ******* *******, *** I'm *** **** *** anyone *****. **** ****, when *** ***'* ****.... SUE!

**** **** ** *******, I ***'* ****** ******* they **** ** ****** much ******. **** **** to ***** ***** ******* their ********.

* ** ********** ** to *** ***** ****. However, ***** ***** ** be ** ****** ** apply *** * ****** if *** **** *** plan ** ****** **. Based ** *** ********** offered ** *** ******* on ****** ************, ** looks **** *** ****** office ** ****** ***** with ******* ****. ** name ** ** * patents **** ******* **** in ******* *****. ***** wasted ** ** *** bothered ** ********! ***.

*******, ***** ***** ** be ** ****** ** apply *** * ****** if *** **** *** plan ** ****** **.

******* *** ** **** valuable **** ********** ** raise *****, ********* **** to *** **** *** have ********* ****** ****** to ** ********, ************ if ***** ******* *** be **** ** "******** patents" ** ******* *********** from ******** *** **** space ******.

********* *** ******* *** be **** ***********. * company ***** ** *** and ****** *** ******** their *******, *** *** them $* ** *********. You *** *********** ***** that ******* ********* ******* you ****, *** **** owe *** $* ** royalties. *** ****** ***** some **** ** ********** along *** ***** ** "let's **** ** ****". Considering **** ******* *** be ***** ********** ******* ( ********* **** **** $5,000 ***-**, ** ** is *** *** ******* and *** **** * good ** ******), **** can ** * **** way ** ***** ******* future ******** ************ ******.

******, ******* **** ******* are ***** *** ** not ****** **** **** future *********** ***/** ************ will **, *** ** defending **** ****** **** be **********, ** *********** profitable *** **** *******.

* ****. **** ****** to ***** *** *** ten *** *'* ****** close *** **** *** "unhelpful" **** *** *** smack **** ** **. No ******* ****!! * really ***** **** *****. Especially **** *** *** help *** ******* *** is *** ** *** industry *** *** * question. *** **** **** of ***** ** **** industry *** ** **** is ******* ****** ** others. *** *** **** people **** ** **** to ** **** *******.

* **** ** ******** multiple *** ******* ** a ****** ***** **** assembly **** ** *** 90's, * ***** ** may **** **** ***** by **** ** *********.

** *** ****.

* *** * *** that * **** **** my **********, ***** ***** it **** ** ** my *******, ** * camera ******* * **** down ****** **** ***** upgrading *** ******* ** an *** ************ *********. The *******, **** ** Basler, *** ***** *'**', and ********* **** **** cameras ******, **** ** which *** ******* ** one ** **** **********. That *** *** *** a **** ******* ** it ** ****... *************, it **** ******** ** have **** *********** ** Rusty ***** ** *******.

****...

** ** ***** *** Arecunt *** *****.

****'* **** **** * multi-imager ** ****. * just ******** *** ** the ******* *** *** to *** **** **** cables **. *'* **** someone ** **** ***** still *** ** *** catalog **** *** **'* still ***** ** * book **** ********* ** their ******. *** **** we ***'* ***** *** paperwork **** ** ** might **** ** ***** and ******** *** ** different. :)

" **** *** *** had * **** ******* in ** ** ****" Yes, *** *** ** IP? :)

*** **** ** ****'*. The ***** **, ******* wasn't *** ***** ** conceive ******* **** **** one ****** ** * single *******, *** **** to ******* ********* ** preposterous, *** *** **** lawyer **** ******** ***** absurd ******.

* ********* ** ******* the **** ********* **** which ** **** **** Basler ******* *** * pretty ****** ******* ** track **** *** ******* were ******* **, ******** then ** ***** *** way ** *** *****, arranging *** ****** ** such * *** **** one ***** ******** * panoramic ***** **** ******** cameras -- *** ******* looked ** ** ** could ********** ** ** six ******* ******.

** * ****** **** I ******* ** **** business **** ** *** 80's, ***** *** * multi-head ****** ****** ********* for ****** **** ****** a ****** **** * WWII *** **** ***** 2.5 **** ** ********. You ***** ********* ** with ******** ***** **** (yes ******* *****!) ******* to **** *** * 90/180/360 **** ** **** scene. **** **** **** available **** '*****' ****** making ** **** **** there **** ** ** 12 ******* ** **.

** ** ****** ****** me *********, **** *****-**** dome *** '********' ** one ** *** ******** members ** *** *** Security ***** ** *** early **'* ** ******** to ** *** ** supply * ******** ********. You'll **** ** ***** my ***** **** *** but *'* ***** ******* I **** ** *****.

* ******* ****** ****** for * ******* ** the **** *** ** luck. *** ** *** old *** ******* *** have * ******* ** it. ** *****: *****-**** camera ******** *** *** a *** ****.

**** ***** ** *** old ********* (*** ***** by *******) ******* ****. They **** ******** **** in * ** ********* chain ****** '*****'

***** *** *** ********** Richard.

****** -

***** ** *********** **** a****** ******, **** ** *** proceeding ** *******'* *****. Initial ******* **** ********** Arecont's ****** ****** *** "more ****** **** ***" unpatentable ***** ********** *********** review:

***** *** *** * series ** *** ***** for *********** ** ** held ******* *******, ****, and *** ****** ******, all *** ** ** completed ** ****** **, 2018.

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