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ARRI settles patent lawsuits with Rotolight

Feb 2, 2023

ARRI and Rotolight have released a joint statement regarding a patent lawsuit:

“ARRI has agreed to a settlement with Rotolight, relating to Rotolight’s cinematic special effects “CineSFX®” patent portfolio in the US, UK, and Europe. ARRI no longer contests the validity of Rotolight’s patents and has withdrawn its Inter Partes Review in the US accordingly. Simultaneously, Rotolight has withdrawn its US District patent court action against ARRI. All ARRI products will continue to be offered as always. ARRI and Rotolight respect intellectual property and value fair competition”.

Rod Aaron Gammons, CEO, Rotolight, said:

“Rotolight invests millions each year into research and development in order to bring its customers the latest in lighting technology and innovation. However, such investments can only be made with the knowledge that those investments and the intellectual property, which underpins them will be respected. We are therefore pleased to have reached a settlement with ARRI, and shall continue to take all steps necessary to protect our intellectual property from ongoing infringement. In so doing, this will allow us to continue to invest in bringing industry-first innovations to market. Any other infringing companies should now proactively approach Rotolight directly, to secure a licensing agreement on reasonable commercial terms. ”

In addition to the settlement agreed with ARRI, Rotolight also successfully defended two landmark IPR cases relating to the same patents (IPR2022-00262 and IPR2022-00261) in the USA brought against it by Vitec Production Solutions Inc. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found in Rotolights favour, denied the institution of their InterPartes patent review (IPR) and re-confirmed the validity of the granted Rotolight CineSFX® patents.


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