ObjectVideo Expands Patent Infringement Claims

By: John Honovich, Published on May 13, 2011

Not only does the ObjectVideo lawsuit campaign continue, ObjectVideo has expanded the number and scope of patents that it claims Bosch, Samsung and Sony have infringed. In the initial court filing, ObjectVideo cited 4 patents primarily covering video tripwire and calibration. Now, in a 64 page ammended complaint, ObjectVideo is adding 2 new patents to the list of infringed claims. While the complaint is primarily boilerplate, the key strategic impact comes from the addition of a new patent covering a major technology area not included in the original complaint.

The newly included patent, 7,424,175, titled, "Video segmentation using statistical pixel modeling" covers foreground / background segmentation. This is a very fundamental aspect of video analytics. Such segmentation is key to reducing false alarms. Analytic manufacturers will often cite foreground / background segmnetation as an important differentiator between their offerings and motion detection. If you can determine what is background, such as leaves, tree branches, poles, etc. you can do a much better job of eliminating false alarms triggered by leaves blowing in the wind, shadows from a moving sun, etc. The '175' patent is a continuation in part from an early Objectvideo patent application / patent, 6,625,310, filed in March 2001 and approved in September 2003.

These new patents cover 4 embodiments - that is methods of implementing the system / technology patented including: (1) two pass segmentation, (2) one pass segmentation, (3) modified one pass segmentation and (4) real time video stream one pass segmentation.

This patent infringement claim is likely to have a different and potential more disprutive impact than the original complaint. Tripwire and calibration are much easier for a user to see and determine as they are displayed on the user interface of an analytic. As such, it is easier to make a judgment about potential violation / risk. By contrast, it is hard to know whether an analytic system is using foreground / background segmentation without having lower level knowledge of the analytic. Worse, based on public information, it is likely impossible to determine whether the method of foreground / background segmentation is covered by 1 of ObjectVideo's 4 patented embodiments.

Bottom line, we think this ammended complaint significantly increases the potential for ObjectVideo to claim more analytic providers are violating their patents.

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Axis Wins, Avigilon Tripwire Patent Annulled on Feb 06, 2019
For approaching a decade, the fundamental Object Video tripwire patent has been at the core of an industry debate over patenting and video...
Verkada False Allegations Against Avigilon Exposed on May 08, 2019
Verkada has leveled false allegations against Avigilon, as part of their aggressive marketing tactics against the 'dinosaurs' in the 'ancient'...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
The 259 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our manufacturer favorability rankings and individual...
False Verkada 'Unrivaled' Low Light Performance Claim Removed on Jun 12, 2019
Verkada falsely claimed that it delivered 'UNRIVALED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE' until IPVM questioned. In fact, Verkada's low light performance is...
Briefcam Buys Frost Award* on Jun 20, 2019
Frost 'awards' are well-known and widely disrespected. Now Briefcam is touting their win. The way it has worked for many years is that Frost...
JCI Sues Wyze on Aug 21, 2019
The mega manufacturer / integrator JCI has sued the fast-growing $20 camera Seattle startup Wyze. Inside this note: Share the court...
Wyze Fires Back at JCI - Your Patents Are Invalid, Pay All Of Our Costs on Nov 18, 2019
Goliath JCI targeted startup Wyze this summer alleging the fast-growing consumer startup was violating a slew of JCI's patents. Now, Wyze has...
XNOR.ai Terminates Wyze on Nov 27, 2019
Wyze has shocked the industry again - this time with a major setback. Just months ago, Wyze triumphantly added AI analytics to their ~$20 cameras,...
Verkada Salesman Falsely Alleges Competitor Bankruptcy on Jan 02, 2020
A Verkada salesman falsely told a large end-user that the user's VMS provider faced bankruptcy. Verkada management acknowledged the error to...
Stop Blaming Your Employee, Wyze on Dec 30, 2019
Wyze management is at fault for its massive data leak, not its 'employee', as it has centered the blame on. While blaming an employee is clever...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Dahua CEO Is Out on Feb 28, 2020
Dahua CEO Li Ke has resigned less than 3 years after he was brought in from Huawei to professionalize management. Inside this note, we examine...
Hazardous & Explosion Proof Access Control Tutorial on Feb 27, 2020
Controlling access to hazardous environments requires equipment meeting specific ratings that certify they will not start fires or will not...
Motorola / Avigilon Drops ISC West on Feb 26, 2020
Motorola Solutions has pulled out of ISC West 2020 effective immediately, because of coronavirus concerns, IPVM has learned. This is done amidst...
Cancel or Not? Industry Split Over ISC West on Feb 26, 2020
The industry is split, polarized, over whether ISC West 2020 should run or be canceled. New IPVM survey results of 400+ respondents show heated...
Coronavirus Hits Sony, Bosch Says Switch on Feb 26, 2020
Sony's fall in video surveillance has been severe over the past decade. Now, they may be done. In this note, we examine Bosch's new...
Video Surveillance Cameras 101 on Feb 25, 2020
Cameras come in many shapes, sizes and specifications. This 101 examines the basics of cameras and features used in 2020. In this report, we...
Favorite Video Analytic Manufacturers 2020 on Feb 25, 2020
Video analytics is now as hot as ever, driven by the excitement of advancing deep learning offers. But what are actually integrator's...
Latest London Police Facial Recognition Suffers Serious Issues on Feb 24, 2020
On February 20, IPVM visited another live face rec deployment by London police, but this time the system was thwarted by technical problems and...
Masks Cause Major Facial Recognition Problems on Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus is spurring an increase in the use of medical masks, which new IPVM test results show cause major problems for facial recognition...
Every VMS Will Become a VSaaS on Feb 21, 2020
VMS is ending. Soon every VMS will be a VSaaS. Competitive dynamics will be redrawn. What does this mean? VMS Historically...