Sony Takes a License for Camera-Mounted LED Technology

October 4th, 2008 by Eric Lane Leave a reply »


A recent post reported on an infringement suit between Litepanels, LLC (Litepanels) and Sony Corp. (Sony) involving two Litepanels patents that cover camera-mounted LED lighting systems for use in film and video production. 

Litepanels sued Sony in July, alleging that the Sony HVL-LBP Camera-Mounted Video Light (above) infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 6,948,823 and 7,163,302.

Sony and Litepanels have reached a settlement, and Judge T. John Ward of the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall signed a dismissal order last month (litepanelsorder.pdf). 

As usual, the terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.  Litepanels’ consent motion to dismiss (litepanelsconsentmotion.pdf) says that the parties “have resolved their disputes on confidential terms involving a license and settlement agreement.” 

This is the second time this year that Sony quickly decided to take a license from an LED patent holder.  In May Sony agreed to license two patents owned by LED innovator and Columbia Professor Emeritus Gertrude Neumark Rothschild.  I wonder if the quick settlements will brand Sony as an easy target for LED patent owners.


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