Panasonic Sells Security Camera Patents To Troll

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 04, 2018

In a highly atypical move, Panasonic has sold off nearly 100 security camera patents to one of the most well-known patent trolls. This comes just months after reports Panasonic is selling off their Chinese security camera factory and following Panasonic staring to OEMing IP cameras from Dahua.

Inside this report, we examine this move, share feedback from Panasonic to IPVM, and argue why we see this as a lose/lose, bad news for Panasonic and their competitors. Plus, we review Panasonic's newest statement on the factory sale and why it is poorly done.

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Comments (22)

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