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ObjectVideo names Bosch, Samsung, Sony in lawsuit

ObjectVideo, a maker of video software for security, business intelligence and other applications, has filed suit against several leading security equipment manufacturers, alleging patent infringement.


April 18, 2011
By Staff

The suit, which was filed earlier this month in Virginia (the company is headquartered in Reston, Va.) “seeks damages as well as injunctive relief against the defendants for the sale of products that contain software features and functions which infringe certain ObjectVideo patents,” according to a release posted on the company’s website.

The complaint was filed against Robert Bosch GmbH; Bosch Security Systems, Inc.; Samsung Group; Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.; Samsung Techwin America; Sony Corporation; and Sony Electronics, Inc.

The company’s chief intellectual property officer Bill Marino said in the statement: “With the strong increase of video analytics offerings over the past few years, we’ve seen a similar increase in the number of companies using ObjectVideo’s patented technologies without paying for them. We need to ensure our existing IP and software partners are not unfairly disadvantaged in the marketplace by competitors whose products use the same or similar functionality to innovations that are ours.”

Calls for comment were not returned by ObjectVideo. Bosch and Samsung refused comment and Sony could not be reached at press time.

Industry analyst John Honovich said in a research note that the suit was “bound to have a major impact across the global video surveillance industry. . . . We believe ObjectVideo is going after ‘big fish’ — the largest manufacturers in the world. . . . We believe this will have a chilling effect over the entire video analytic industry (as if the struggling analytic industry needed another black eye).”

ObjectVideo was founded in 1998. The company says its software, ObjectVideo OnBoard, is available primarily through OEM relationships and is embedded into various video devices.