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OV signs licensing agreement with FLIR

OV CEO says recent Avigilon/VideoIQ deal validates importance of analytics
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01/08/2014

RESTON, Va.—Video analytics provider ObjectVideo today signed its 17th licensing agreement, this time with thermal camera provider FLIR, Raul Fernandez, OV CEO, told Security Systems News.

ObjectVideo, Agent Vi ink patent license agreement

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12/30/2013

ROSH HA’AYIN, Israel and RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo and Agent Vi have signed a patent license agreement, the companies announced recently.

ObjectVideo, Aimetis enter licensing agreement

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02/27/2013

RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo, a provider of intelligent video software, has signed a global, portfolio-wide patent license agreement with Aimetis, a video management systems provider based in Waterloo, Ontario according to a company statement.

OV signs Panasonic, does R&D gov't work

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Make it eight deals with high-profile video providers for ObjectVideo. The video analytics provider on Jan. 9 announced it had signed a global patent licensing program with Panasonic.

Panasonic approached OV last year,  Raul Fernadez, chairman of Object Video, told me. OV is in discussions with six other manufacturers, he said.

With many of the biggest names in video surveillance now signed on with licensing agreements, will OV turn its attention away from its licensing program?

Yes and no, Fernandez said. OV is involved with other revenue-generating divisions, notably some R&D work with federal government clients, but licensing will continue to be an important business. There are new player in the video world all the time, Fernandez noted. And if OV lets up on its enforcement of patent infringement and licensing policies, current licensees would potentially be put at a disadvantage, he said.

However, Fernandez anticipates there will be less litigation involved in future licensing deals with video providers.

Aside from the licensing stuff, Fernandez wanted to talk about some software and services work OV is doing with "DOD and intelligence community sponsors … working on next-generation challenges for indexing, searching and retrieving images.”

It’s the kind of government-sponsored R&D work that OV did more than a decade ago that led to today’s mainstream analytic technologies (object tracking, object class, tripwire), Fernandez said.

The work OV is doing today with the government involves “a lot of indexing, image segmentation … taking images and crossmatching with large databases to geolocate images.”

Fernandez said it this research will propel “next generation innovations” for its government client, OV and the security industry. 

OV makes peace with another camera manufacturer

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Monday, November 12, 2012

UPDATED Nov. 15 with information about Bosch agreement.

ObjectVideo announced today that it's signed a licensing agreement with Pelco, putting to rest the patent infringement lawsuit filed by OV against Pelco.

When I spoke to OV CEO Raul Fernandez in July about a similar agreement OV made with VIVOTEK, Fernandez said another agreement would be announced soon. Presumably this is that agreement--which would mean Pelco came in under the "amnesty" offer as well.

The Vivotek agreement came about as the result of an amnesty deal that OV announced just before ISC West 2012.

"We are pleased to have entered into a global, portfolio-wide license agreement with Pelco and to have the benefit of a cross license to Pelco's intellectual property," said Raul Fernandez, chairman of OV.

Pelco is the sixth company to sign a  licensing agreement with OV. Others include: Sony Corporation, Tyco Security Products' American Dynamics business unit and VIVOTEK. ObjectVideo began its "patent assertion program" at ISC West 2011.

And, on Nov. 14, ObjectVideo announced it had reached "an amicable settlement with Bosch Security Systems, Inc., of Fairport, New York, which includes, among other mutual obligations, a global, portfolio-wide patent license agreement with Bosch."

The two companies have asked the United States International Trade Commission to terminate its proceedings related to the matter, the statement said.

"The agreement amicably settles the matter and allows us to focus our full attention on our customers," said Christopher Gerace, president, Bosch Security Systems, in a prepared statement.

Warren Brown named president of ObjectVideo

Former Tyco Security Products VP says OEM business will be important component of business in future
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08/01/2012

RESTON, Va.—Saying it’s a “pivotal time” for video analytics in the security industry and for ObjectVideo in particular, Warren Brown on July 30 assumed the newly created role of president at the video analytics provider.

OV drops Samsung case, ITC trial involving Bosch starts today

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ObjectVideo issued a statement at 7:30 this morning announcing that it has dropped patent infringement charges against Samsung.  The statement came two hours before an International Trade Commission trial began at 9:30 this morning.

I called ObjectVideo, but they’re not saying anything beyond what’s in the press release. I also have a call into Samsung.

The release says that ObjectVideo filed an unopposed motion to terminate the International Trade Commission investigation against Samsung.  “Both parties agreed this was the appropriate next step as part of our continued efforts to resolve the dispute between the companies,” Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo, is quoted as saying in the press release.

“The public trial against Bosch at the USITC, resulting from an investigation pertaining to products from Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Security Systems, Inc., continues as planned,” the release said.

“With Samsung out of the ITC action, we can focus on Bosch, whose products implement numerous infringing video analytic technologies, including metadata, tripwire, and slip-and-fall technology,” added Fernandez.

OV first filed a court complaint in April of 2011. It moved the complaint to the ITC in July of 2011.

The trial began this morning at the USITC in Washington.

OV, Vivotek reach agreement

ITC trial involving Bosch, Samsung set for this week
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07/16/2012

RESTON, Va.—Video analytics provider Object Video announced in June that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Vivotek. Meanwhile, its patent battle with major video surveillance providers Samsung and Bosch will continue, with an International Trade Commission trial scheduled to begin this week.

ITC to take up OV vs. Samsung Bosch next month

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I had a quick conversation last week with Object Video CEO Raul Fernandez, about the company's recent announcement that it has signed another licensing agreement, this time with Vivotek. 

Earlier this year, OV announced that it had signed similar agreements with Sony and Tyco’s American Dynamics.

Fernandez said the fact that Vivotek decided to do a portfolio-wide agreement speaks to the fact that more and more products will be built with video analytics already onboard or will be video-analytic enabled.

OV is suing Samsung and Bosch through one legal process with the International Trade Commission and it announced last month that it had filed suit against Pelco in the U.S. District Court in Virginia.

The discussion between Vivotek and OV was prompted, Fernandez said, by OV’s Amnesty offer, which it announced just before ISC West.

The five-day ITC trial with Samsung and Bosch will start on July 18, Fernandez said. A judgment will not be announced until November, however.
Fernandez is optimistic that OV will prevail in this trial. “[We’re saying that their products] made outside the U.S. have features [for which we] have patents … they’re attacking the patents [and saying they’re not valid],” Fernandez said. “But only one [claim] has to survive. One claim does it all… it leads to an injunction of the product. It’s a highly risky proposition,” he added.

Fernandez said OV will be announcing another agreement in the near future.

Samsung, Bosch and Pelco have previously declined to comment on the OV lawsuits saying that they do not comment on ongoing litigation

OV looks for quicker resolution with ITC complaint

Analytics maker believes ITC action will expedite financial settlement
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07/07/2011

RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo, which in April filed a lawsuit against Sony, Samsung and Bosch for alleged patent infringement on some of its analytics, on June 29 filed a complaint against the same companies with the International Trade Commission.

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