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MasterImage 3D Successfully Invalidates RealD’s Russian Utility Model Patent

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MasterImage 3D Successfully Invalidates RealD’s Russian Utility Model Patent

Continues Aggressive Rollout of HORIZON3D in Russia and around the world

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – (April 14, 2015) – MasterImage 3D, worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, successfully invalidated RealD’s Russian utility model patent by filing an appeal before the Russian Patent Office. The Russian Patent Office agreed with MasterImage 3D’s claim that RealD’s patent lacked novelty and failed to meet the requirements for patent protection. As a result, MasterImage 3D will continue to sell its high-brightness HORIZON3D product line in Russia.

Empire Cinemas Extends Partnership with MasterImage 3D as Provider of Premium 3D Solutions for all Theatres

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Empire Cinemas Extends Partnership with MasterImage 3D as Provider of Premium 3D Solutions for all Theatres

New Installs Include Famous Empire Leicester Square and New Walthamstow Multiplex

CITY OF WESTMINSTER, LONDON – (January 15, 2015) – Empire Cinemas announced an extended partnership with MasterImage 3D in a commitment to have more light on screen for 3D movies across their most premium venues. MasterImage 3D’s diverse line of 3D systems enables Empire to satisfy varying 3D requirements when outfitting their flagship Empire Leicester Square and the new Walthamstow multiplex. This continued partnership allows Empire to standardize on MasterImage 3D recyclable eyewear across all of their theatres.

MasterImage 3D Challenges RealD’s Intellectual Property Portfolio in the United States

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MasterImage 3D Challenges RealD’s Intellectual Property Portfolio in the United States; Asserts Patents Replicate Pre-Existing Techniques

MasterImage 3D, a worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, challenged the validity of four of RealD’s 3D polarization patents by filing five petitions for Inter Partes Review (IPR) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. MasterImage 3D asserts that RealD’s patents claim to have invented techniques that have been well-known for decades and should never have been granted.

MasterImage 3D pursued the IPR as a faster legal resolution than the patent lawsuit filed by RealD against MasterImage 3D. In the opinion of MasterImage 3D, RealD’s improper patent protection stalls competition in the 3D business. A correction would encourage innovation in 3D technology to the benefit of both moviegoers and the exhibition industry.

HORIZON3D Receives 2014 Technology Award from International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society

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The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society honored nineteen companies and organizations today for “Advancing the Entertainment Industry through Technology,” during the Society’s 5th Annual Entertainment Technology and New Product Awards ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

MasterImage 3D was honored with the Society’s Lumiere statuette for its high-brightness HORIZON3D digital cinema system. The HORIZON3D is the lastest in MasterImage 3D’s line of premium cinema systems. This innovative three-beam light-recycling system achieves industry-leading brightness and color fidelity as the first system to reach light-effficiency levels of 33%.

MasterImage 3D Challenges RealD’s Utility Model Patent Application in China

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Files Invalidation Over Blatant Lack of Inventiveness; Vows to Stand With Customers Against RealD’s Unfair Threats

BEIJING, CHINA — (September 2, 2014) — MasterImage 3D, a worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, took action to challenge the validity of RealD’s utility model (UM) patent in China, filing an invalidation before the State Intellectual Property Office on August 22, 2014. MasterImage 3D specifically argues that RealD’s utility model patent blatantly lacks novelty over MasterImage 3D’s earlier filed patent applications and over RealD’s older patents disclosed several years prior in the United States.

MasterImage 3D concluded that RealD’s utility model patent filed in China is not valid and lacks inventiveness. This UM application was only successfully granted, because Chinese UM patents lack substantive examination.

MasterImage 3D asserted that it will stand with customers in all cases, as RealD has taken varying actions to threaten customers and competitors around the world. If RealD continues unsupported threats against MasterImage 3D customers, MasterImage 3D will take any action necessary to stop them. MasterImage 3D is also evaluating their own legal remedies to counter RealD’s misuse of the UM patent.