Sony Folds to OV Lawsuit

Author: John Honovich, Published on Feb 07, 2012

Bad news for the overall industry and perhaps the best news for ObjectVideo since their global litigation campaign began last year. Sony has folded their defense and entered into a patent license agreement with ObjectVideo. However, Bosch and Samsung continue their fight with Bosch introducing a major new motion this week. Inside, we examine what this means and where the action may go from here.

Like the American Dynamics agreeement we examined last week, Sony has entered into a patent license agreement and does not appear to be actually interested nor accessing OV's weak product portfolio.

UPDATE 2/9/2012: A copy of the patent licensing agreement between Sony and OV (Member only link) has been submitted to the US ITC. Additionally, Sony informs us that, "There is no planned affect on the pricing or availability of Sony DEPA analytics in [Sony] cameras."

Good News for OV

Between AD last week and Sony this week, ObjectVideo has, by far, achieved its strongest momentum and needed validation by larger players in the industry. This will likely motivate other manufacturers to consider their own deals.

Why Did Sony Do This?

Typically, you would expect one of two things to motivate this: (1) a belief by the sued company that they would lose in court or (2) a recognition that the lawsuit would be more costly than actually settling the suit.

Since Sony does not even charge for analytics nor does Sony have analytics as a core focus of their future strategy (as we know it), the latter seems to be an important factor.

Bosch's Actions

To the contrary, Bosch continues to fight. This week, they filed a motion to invalidate 3 key ObjectVideo patents on the grounds that they "are invalid as a matter of law because they are directed to mental processes, which are not a patentable subject matter." The filing is 159 pages (members only link). We do not know the merits of the motion.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

This follows on the heels of the recent contest between Samsung and ObjectVideo on source code misuse.

Given that Bosch has invested the most into its analytics portfolio (of the 3 sued companies), sells it as an additional feature and uses analytics as a stronger part of its product offering, we would expect them to have the greatest incentive to continue to fight.

Breadth of the Claims

As we examined in our Member's analysis of OV's patents, some of the claims are so extremely broad and fundamental that they might reasonably be applied against any and all video analytics on the market. It raises serious questions of the obviousness of them and yet, if upheld, these patents could have a major negative affect across the industry for the next decade.

The Future

Now, the future is looking brighter for ObjectVideo. Important questions now become:

  • Will Bosch and Samsung continue their defense?
  • How much is OV demanding for licensing? What type of impact will that have on prices in the long run?
  • What will the analytic specialists like VideoIQ, Agent Vi, Sightlogix, etc. do?
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Lawsuits

Video Surveillance Manufacturers Risk Lawsuits For Botnet Attacks on Oct 24, 2016
The unprecedented scale of internet outages on October 21st from botnet attacks risk triggering lawsuits against video surveillance manufacturers,...
Bribe Accusations By Multiple US Cities Against Taser on Jun 17, 2016
One company is dominating the body camera business - Taser. The stun gun leader aims to grow a VSaaS powerhouse and take over one of the fastest...
Warning: Case Studies Can Get You Sued on Feb 24, 2015
What do 24 Hour Fitness, Barnes and Nobles and multiple hospitals have in common? They have all been sued in the past few months, with their...
ADT Sued, Claimed 'Easily Hacked' on Nov 17, 2014
A lawsuit has been filed against ADT. The class action complaint claims ADT's wireless systems are 'easily hacked', that ADT knows this and yet...
Milestone Sues Hawk on Jul 18, 2014
Last year, an inventor / troll said they were going to sue end users for violating a patent they have on video surveillance technology. Now, they...
News on the Milestone VMS Patent Lawsuit on Dec 19, 2013
Last year, a lawsuit shocked the surveillance industry. The most well known brand in VMS software, Milestone Systems, was sued by a small, but...
End User Sues ADT/Tyco For $42 Million on May 06, 2013
It was the biggest drug heist in American history. Burglars drove an 18-wheeler up to the Eli Lilly distribution center in Enfield, Connecticut,...
Axis, Sony, Cisco, 11 More Sued on Mar 13, 2013
Patent lawsuits continue to gain momentum throughout the world and in the surveillance industry. Though most of its suits were dismissed last fall,...
Arecont Lies, Now Threatens Lawsuit on Dec 02, 2012
Last week, we reported Arecont lied in a recent ad. Now, Arecont is threatening legal action against IPVM. In this note, we explain how Arecont...
Top 5 Moves November 2012 on Nov 28, 2012
Lots of interesting moves this month but here are the 5 we see as having the most impact on the surveillance business, listed in alphabetical...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Vivotek Favorability Results on Jan 20, 2017
Financially, Vivotek is doing relatively well. The company did ~$130 million in 2015 revenue and 2016 revenue (through Q3 reported) was up more...
PR Firm Pleads Don't Scrap PR Spending on Jan 20, 2017
PR is not dying, warns pleads PR firm. Take 40+ year old industry PR firm LRG, who recently lamented the 'misconceptions' that: Traditional PR...
Getting Started With Your IPVM Membership on Jan 20, 2017
Here's how to get started and get the most out of your IPVM membership. Books for Members All members can download the 3 member-only books below...
Jim Cramer Sucks Up To Knightscope on Jan 19, 2017
Credit must be given to Knightscope. They are raising money right now and despite their $80 million pre-money valuation against a lowly sub $1...
ADT Launches Canopy - Professional Monitoring For DIY Devices on Jan 19, 2017
The intrusion industry has criticized DIY security systems for years, claiming systems like Canary or Scout cannot match professionally installed...
Dahua UnFavorability Results on Jan 19, 2017
Dahua, the mega-Chinese surveillance manufacturer not primarily owned by the Chinese government has been trying to break out of the shadow of...
Paxton Hosted Access - Disruptive Low Dealer Pricing on Jan 19, 2017
Paxton is entering the hosted access game, with BLU, at a cost that is a fraction of key competitors. The different approach could be very...
Geovision Launches Direct Cloud Offering on Jan 18, 2017
Add cloud, subtract integrator. Geovision has launched myGVcloud, an offering that allows consumers to buy cameras and cloud services directly...
Anixter / Bosch Sells Direct to Amazon on Jan 18, 2017
Anixter regularly says they do not sell direct to end users or that they do not do it anymore. However, over the past year, Anixter has sold Bosch...
Smart Power Tools For Security Installs on Jan 18, 2017
Installing a smart camera? Perhaps you should use a 'smart' drill. The intelligent appliance / IoT trend has hit power tools. In this note, we...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact