RealD files patent-infringement suit against Volfoni and CinemaNext in Germany

Technology and New Products

RealD Inc. announced the filing of a complaint with the District Court (Landgericht)in Düsseldorf, Germany, alleging that Volfoni SAS, Volfoni GmbH and CinemaNext Deutschland Gmbh have infringed three of RealD’s European patents by the importation, sale or offer for sale of the Volfoni SmartCrystal Diamond cinema systems in Germany. In the complaint, RealD requests an injunction banning the sale of the infringing devices and seeks financial damages.

The asserted patents cover RealD’s light-doubling 3D cinema system technology used in its XL product line. “RealD maintains an extensive patent portfolio covering its 3D cinema systems in numerous international markets, including the United States, Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico and Russia, and intends to continue vigorously enforcing its intellectual-property rights against infringement of its patented inventions,” said Neil Mothew, VP of intellectual property and legal affairs at RealD.

This is the second patent enforcement action that RealD has taken against Volfoni. In March 2014, RealD filed suit against Volfoni in the United States for patent infringement.  RealD dismissed that U.S. patent lawsuit without prejudice only after Volfoni made specific representations and warranties that it had not sold or distributed the SmartCrystal Diamond product in the U.S. In the event that Volfoni’s representations were false or Volfoni sold the SmartCrystal Diamond product or any modified version in the United States, RealD reserved the right to continue the U.S.-based lawsuit against Volfoni. 

In July 2016, RealD was awarded a Final Decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission that their asserted patents were both valid and infringed by MasterImage, a company that is no longer in business. That decision ordered a ban against importation into the United States of MasterImage’s infringing products. 

“RealD’s innovation, research and development efforts, and our resulting products have been instrumental in creating the industry’s brightest premium 3D visual experience for our partners and moviegoers around the world,” said Jeff Spain, chief financial officer at RealD.

RealD 3D is installed in approximately 30,000 auditoriums in 75 countries around the world.