Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PocketWizard challenges Chinese manufacturer of patents

The creators of LPA Design PocketWizard has filed a petition for patent infringement against Hong Kong based manufacturer Phottix. LPA Design is supporting communications transceiver radio and automatic switching technologies first introduced in the PocketWizard Plus II wireless triggers are used by the last trigger the Phottix.

Press release:

Wireless flash trigger alleged Phottix Atlas

CA . Burlington, VT –-11 January 2011 LPA Design has filed a complaint for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont against Phottix (HK) Ltd. and everlasting Fortune (HK) Ltd., arguing that the wireless flash triggers Phottix Atlas produced in China violate two patents held by LPA Design. The Vermont-based company, incorporated as the lab Partners Associates, Inc., is the producer of PocketWizard ?-the leader in the field of wireless devices with high accuracy for the professional photography market, including the popular PocketWizard Plus II ?.

PocketWizard technology allows photographers to control complex lighting systems remotely from a camera body. It is particularly useful in the study, sports and event photography and has become the industry standard of constant research and development carried out in Vermont.

"LPA was an early contributor and revolutionary technology and the market for wireless flash triggers professional quality," said Tim Neiley, CEO and President of LPA.

"LPA has worked hard to bring its patented technologies to market through constant innovation and improvement for the needs of the professional photographer. The lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation. "

LPA Design holds patents in the United States and around the world covering its proprietary technology of wireless activation. Patents in the lawsuit covers radio communications technology between wireless devices and triggers the automatic switching transceiver innovative introduced for the first time in the trigger wireless PocketWizard Plus II.

Patents that assert LPA Design include:
United States Patent No. 5,359 .375 released for an invention entitled "Microprocessor programmable Digital Photo Radio Remote control".

United States Patent No.,063 issued 7,437 for an invention entitled "Wireless camera, Flash Synchronizer system and method."

Founded in 1990 as a consultancy, R&D electronics design LPA has experience in printed circuit board design, RF and antenna tuning and remote sensors. Among other innovations, LPA Design has developed the industry's leading

PocketWizard line of wireless control devices with high accuracy for the professional photography market. PocketWizard products provide high precision, wireless synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, allowing photographers to create unparalleled photographs and get unparalleled reliability in capturing images of high value.

LPA Design is represented from Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Burlington, Vermont.

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