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RealD wins patent argument

January 11, 2016

By Chris Forrester

Specialist 3D company RealD has successfully prevailed in a patent action against MasterImage 3D.

A hearing before an International Trade Commission in Washington DC, and against MasterImage 3D’s Horizon3D cinema system products concluded that RealD’s patents were valid and infringed by MasterImage.

RealD had filed an ITC complaint contending that the Horizon3D cinema systems infringe RealD patents covering their optical architecture and polarization control technologies. The ITC is an independent governmental agency in Washington, DC, responsible for addressing patent infringement disputes relating to goods that are manufactured abroad and imported into the United States.

RealD says it pioneered modern digital 3D in cinemas and is the dominant global 3D market leader with over 27,000 screens in 72 countries. RealD’s XL Cinema Systems are the world’s brightest, delivering the best visual experience possible to consumers.

“We are enormously pleased with the initial determination by the US International Trade Commission in our favour,” said Vivian Yang, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for RealD. “We invested considerable time, effort and resources to develop the most light-efficient 3D projection system in the industry, and we will continue to aggressively enforce our intellectual property rights against any company that seeks to infringe on our patented technology.”

RealD has significant patent protection surrounding its light-doubling XL Cinema System with IP covering architecture and other aspects of the inventive technology. RealD’s invention patents have been consistently affirmed in both examination and re-examination proceedings around the world.

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