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ROTOLIGHT ISSUES HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS TO PROTECT ITS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Pinewood Studios, UK, 23 May 2019: British LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight has today issued high court proceedings against Vibesta B.V. and F&V Photographic Industry B.V. for alleged infringement of its intellectual property, with their release of the Peragos Disk light. The suit claims that this product infringes numerous internationally granted patents, registered (and unregistered) design rights, trademarks and copyrights around the world including the USA, Europe, UK, Canada, Australia and China. Rotolight takes protection of its intellectual property very seriously and the company was regrettably forced into this position in order to protect its own rights, its customers, and its employees’ livelihoods around the world.

The Peragos Disk product is a likely infringement of the Rotolight NEOTM range, which was first launched in 2015 and has since become one of the most successful on-camera LED ranges in the industry. Its latest in the range, the NEO 2, has proven extremely popular and won countless awards including ‘Best On-Camera Flash’ (Photography News 2019), the Digital Camera Gold Award (2018) and Tech Radar’s Best Camera accessory (2019).

Rotolight will take all steps in this matter to protect its intellectual property against both Vibesta B.V., F&V Photographic Industry B.V. and other infringing companies around the world.

Rod Aaron Gammons is CEO and co-founder of Rotolight, a family owned business famed for its award-winning, innovative, advanced LED lighting technology, designed and manufactured in the UK.

“Rotolight invests millions of pounds in research & development in order to provide photographers and filmmakers with industry leading lighting innovations” he said. “This is only possible in the knowledge that the intellectual property which protects this investment, will be respected and upheld.”

In addition to the alleged infringement, it is apparent that the primary marketing image used by Vibesta to market the Peragos Disk, was also in fact an image created by Rotolight and then subsequently digitally manipulated to replace one light with another, thereby a breach of copyright.

Image: LEFT – The Peragos Disk marketing image issued to press by Vibesta and subsequently removed from their website. RIGHT – Rotolight’s image of the NEO 2 issued in September 2017

For companies wishing to legitimately use Rotolight’s technology, they should contact Rotolight to obtain a license.

Notes to Editors:

Rotolight is a British family owned business, famed for its award-winning, innovative, advanced LED lighting technology. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Rotolight’s products are created for both photographers and filmmakers alike, and the company has been responsible for numerous industry -first, patented technologies (with over 50 granted patents, designs and trademarks around the world) such as CineSFXTM (cinematic lighting FX such as ‘fire’, ‘lighting’ and ‘TV’), True Aperture DimmingTM and the world’s first bi-colour High Speed Sync flash, that sets them apart in the rapidly growing LED lighting market. Rotolight has been awarded over 30 accolades for innovation and technology, most recently ‘Innovation of the Year’ (2019) from the British Photographic Industry News.

Media contact:
Zoe Gardiner
Rotolight
T: +44 (0) 1753 422 750
E: zoe@rotolight.com

Licensing enquiries:
Rod Aaron Gammons
Rotolight
T: +44 (0) 1753 422 750
E: licensing@rotolight.com

Retained litigators:
Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD