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Evertz, Lawo IP Lawsuit Heats Up

Broadcast solutions manufacturers go head-to-head.

Rastatt, Germany (March 21, 2019)—Audio and video technology specialist Lawo is pushing back following the announcement earlier this week that Evertz has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against the company.

Canada-based Evertz, which provides video infrastructure solutions for the broadcast and media industries, issued a press release on March 18 announcing that it had filed a lawsuit against Lawo for infringing “seven patents relating to Evertz’ Internet protocol (IP) based video routing and switching technology and multi-image multi-display video processing technology.”

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“Evertz prides itself on leading the industry with cutting-edge products. We spent many years and tens of millions to develop our industry-leading IP-based broadcast solutions,” CEO Romolo Magarelli commented in the company’s press release. “We are taking this legal action to protect our investment and our intellectual property.”

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In response, a Lawo press release states that the company will “vigorously defend itself against the unfounded claims that Evertz alleges, and it strongly asserts that it has committed no wrongdoing.” Lawo’s statement, released March 21, asserts that the Evertz press release “is part of a global public relations campaign which obviously goes beyond the mere protection of Evertz’s alleged rights in court.”

Evertz announced that it had filed for patent infringement against Lawo’s businesses in Germany, the US and Canada in the United States Federal District Court for the District of Delaware. The statement added, “The Delaware lawsuit will proceed in parallel with a prior litigation filed by Evertz in the Superior Court of Ontario against Lawo and several former Evertz employees for breach of contract, breach of confidence and other torts.”

Pushing back, Lawo points out that Evertz “failed to state that the Canadian action was struck by the court on February 28, 2019 because Evertz failed to articulate a material basis for its claim.” Further, according to Lawo’s press release, Evertz failed to state in the amended complaint it filed in the United States that its Canadian action was stricken.

Claudia Nowak, CFO of Lawo, comments, “As we approach our 50th year of business, our customers understand that honesty and integrity have formed the pillar of our success over these years. We believe our success has made us the target of Evertz. We will vigorously defend the lawsuits and will pursue all appropriate legal actions against Evertz. Business will continue as usual and there should not be any impact on our customers while these matters are pending.”

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