MasterImage 3D says it has 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 and elsewhere throughout the rest of the world.
In September 2014, MasterImage 3D appealed the grant of RealD’s utility model patent 138095 for 3D beam-splitting, polarization technologies. In its appeal, MasterImage 3D documented the lack of novelty of RealD’s patent being brandished by RealD in an effort to block other 3D technologies from the Russian market. On March 27, 2015, the Russian Patent Office sided with MasterImage 3D and invalidated RealD’s Russian patent.