Victory for Absen in U.S. Intellectual Property Case

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On June 12, 2021, a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas delivered a complete victory for Absen in a patent infringement lawsuit. In the case, Ultravision alleged that Absen LED display products exported to the United States infringed certain patents. The unanimous jury verdict found that none of the nine Absen accused products lines infringed any of the asserted patent claims. The jury also determined that all asserted patent claims were invalid. The ruling followed after four days of testimony and about only three hours of jury deliberations.

As a leading LED display company that is deeply involved in the international market, Absen has, since its establishment 20 years ago, consistently adhered to its core principles of technological innovation and respect for intellectual property rights. After being sued in 2018, Absen actively responded. It set up a special team of internal experts as well as external American lawyers led by Goodwin Procter LLP. Absen also partnered with other Chinese LED display companies (Glux, Leyard, Liantronics, and Unilumin). Particularly, the partnership included jointly retaining Goodwin Procter and executing a joint response strategy. With the overall planning and efforts from all parties, a highly successful result was received in the US court and Absen thanks all involved.

Meyer Sound Spacemap Go Roadshow Adds New Dates from July through December

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The Meyer Sound Spacemap Go US Roadshow will roll across the country through the summer and fall with stops in 10 cities, including sessions in conjunction with the Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) in Dallas, September 21-22, and InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, October 26-29. The Roadshow demo sessions are principally focused on Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s breakthrough spatial sound design and live mixing tool, although the touring system also showcases other new technologies as incorporated in the ULTRA-X20 compact loudspeaker and VLFC very low-frequency control element.

“We are taking Spacemap Go on the road so customers and users can experience it first-hand,” says Daniel Rivera, Sales Manager, West for Meyer Sound and principal organizer of the tour. “You cannot fully appreciate the power of Spacemap Go until you hear it in action, and you can’t grasp its power and intuitive operation until you have the iPad controller in your hands.”

Riedel Extends Comms and Signal Distribution Solutions Supporting 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

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For the 15th year, Riedel Communications provided advanced intercom and signal distribution technologies and on-site engineering support for the record-breaking 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). Staged May 18-22 at the Rotterdam Ahoy, this year’s broadcast marked the ESC debut of several new Riedel solutions, including the top-of-the-line Artist-1024 digital matrix intercom node and SFP modules from the new MediorNet IP range of signal processing solutions.

Back after a pandemic-induced cancellation in 2020, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest drew an audience of 183 million viewers across 36 markets — with a live audience for the Grand Final show on May 22 that was an estimated 4% higher than that of the 2019 competition. Riedel supplied a complete solution that included not only intercom and signal distribution, but also accreditation, access control, commentary systems, and a comprehensive IT infrastructure for staff, broadcasters, and attending press members.

Vectorworks, Inc. Names Leslie Majer Richard Diehl Award Winner

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Continuing its support for emerging designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces Leslie Majer as the Richard Diehl award winner for the fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,800 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 28 students for 21 projects in the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.

The winning project titled “Badehaus Breitstrom” was submitted by Majer for her thesis studio project at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and focuses on bathhouses and urban facilities. The project includes a historical reference with a focus on contemporary design, construction methods, and sustainability. Majer used Vectorworks for drawings and connected them to Maxon’s Cinema 4D to create renderings.

ADJ Group Mournes Loss of Valued Colleague and Treasured Friend José Mario Estrada

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the ADJ Group says goodbye to our valued colleague and treasured friend José Mario Estrada. Known to everyone as Mario, he was an important member of the ADJ México Sales Team whose warm smile, sociable personality and gracious nature will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Mario contracted COVID-19 in April, was admitted to hospital and fought the virus valiantly, but sadly lost his battle the following month. He died on May 12, the day after his 53rd birthday, and leaves behind a loving wife and son, as well as many other extended family members and friends.

AV over IP Basics with Guest Presenter Jose Mozota

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As networks continue to converge in the enterprise, in smart/connected buildings and in commercial spaces, with the demand for multicast and multipoint to multipoint AV distribution over ever increasing distances, as well as streaming, and remote control, AV over IP is becoming a widespread technology.

The increase in deployment of 10G networks, coupled with the cost reduction per port, the market push of manufacturers with switches designed for AV over IP and the development of low latency, visually lossless compression has resulted in an increased deployment of the solution.

Fulcrum Acoustic Will Host A Reddit Ask Me Anything on June 22

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Fulcrum Acoustic, creators of innovative professional loudspeaker technologies, will host an Ask Me Anything session on the /r/livesound subreddit on June 22nd from 8 AM – 6 PM (Eastern Time). Reddit users will have the opportunity to question David Gunness (Vice President of R&D and Lead Product Designer), Stephen Siegel (Company President), and Rich Frembes (Product Manager) about their production and manufacturing process.

Magewell Shares Educational Resources About Live Streaming for Houses of Worship

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Magewell has added a new section to its website to make it easier for church technical teams and volunteers to learn more about live streaming and the company’s relevant products. Combining fresh content with curated existing material, the compilation features best practices articles, tutorials, case studies, and focused product information to help houses of worship start streaming for the first time or enhance their existing streaming workflows.

“While some churches have been streaming their worship services for many years, the pandemic took streaming to a whole new level of importance,” said Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell. “Even as worshippers return to church sanctuaries, streaming will continue to play a crucial role for followers who do not feel comfortable coming back or are unable to attend in person. Many churches rely almost entirely on volunteers for their video operations who may have little or no previous streaming experience, so we wanted to make it easier for them to find relevant resources on our website.”

Pathport: Redefining the Entertainment Lighting Industry for 20 Years

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Pathway Connectivity celebrates 20 years since the Pathport product launch and the impact it has made to the industry. In the spring of 2001, Pathway Connectivity sent out the first shipment of what is now considered one of the most recognized and regarded Pathway products ‐ Pathport. This product marked a new beginning in entertainment lighting technology, launching into the market as one of the very first of its kind.

Pathway Connectivity, previously known as Gray Interfaces, was well known, and respected in the industry as leaders in DMX interface and distribution. Though the portfolio included systems for larger scale DMX distribution, the founder and president at the time, David Higgins, recognized an emerging market trend to Ethernet and the opportunity for the DMX512 product to add this capability. Soon after, the DMX over Ethernet Gateway was launched!

Allen & Heath Expands Training Resources With New Slate Of Workshops & Classes

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Launched in November 2020, the third semester of Allen & Heath Mini Masterclasses has been announced, developed from student feedback over the first two course terms.

Recurring every Wednesday at 9 am U.S. Pacific time, instructors present the 25-minute classes followed by Q&A and one-on-one “office hours” time. Currently alternating between “Installation Inspiration” and a “Monitor Mix Mastery” tracks, with the occasional guest lecturer session, key faculty members include Michael Bangs and Samantha Potter.