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MPEG LA Announces License Terms for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265)
HEVC Holds Promise for Mobile Video and Ultra High Definition TV Applications

(DENVER, CO, US – 16 January 2014) – MPEG LA, LLC announced today that a group of 25 companies have agreed on HEVC license terms expected to issue as part of an HEVC Patent Portfolio License in early 2014. A summary is attached. Final agreements are yet to be concluded.

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) is a standard designed to improve video coding efficiency for the benefit of Internet and mobile service providers and consumers with increased speed and capacity. HEVC is also expected to deliver next generation higher resolution HDTV video displays for 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition TV (“UHDTV”).

“As contemplated, the HEVC license will utilize a modern streamlined pool licensing approach with simple easy-to-understand terms making the technology readily accessible to the largest possible market in the shortest possible time,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “MPEG LA salutes the cooperation of patent owners who have worked hard to reach common ground in making a joint patent license available for the convenience of HEVC adopters. As a result of their efforts, consumers benefiting from a marketplace of competitive technology choices will be the clear winners.”

As work continues on evaluating patents for essentiality and concluding terms in final agreements, the license is currently supported by 25 prospective HEVC essential patent holders including the following:

Apple Inc.
British Broadcasting Corporation
Cisco Technology, Inc.
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
HUMAX Co., Ltd.
JVC KENWOOD Corporation
KT Corp.
LG Electronics Inc.
M&K Holdings Inc.
NEC Corporation
Nippon Hoso Kyokai
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Orange SA
Siemens AG
SK Telecom
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
Thomson Licensing
Vidyo, Inc.

Additional patent holders who are participating in the facilitation process also may be included, and others are welcome to join.

In its effort to include as much essential intellectual property as possible in one license for the benefit of the marketplace, MPEG LA continues to welcome the submission of issued patents for an evaluation of their essentiality to the HEVC Standard (defined in ISO/IEC 23008-2 MPEG-H Part 2 and ITU-T Recommendation H.265). Any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the HEVC Standard and wishes to join the HEVC Patent Portfolio License is invited to submit them for evaluation by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators. The terms and procedures governing patent submissions may be requested at http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/HEVC/default.aspx.

MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)
HEVC Holds Promise for Mobile Video and Ultra High Definition TV Applications Now in Development

(DENVER, CO, US – 26 June 2012) – World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC announces a call for patents essential to the High Efficiency Video Coding (“HEVC”) standard (currently HEVC Draft 7). HEVC (also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) is intended to improve video coding efficiency for the benefit of mobile service providers and consumers; HEVC is also expected to deliver next generation higher resolution HDTV video displays for 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition TV.

“By starting the joint license facilitation process now, the market can enjoy the earliest opportunity to plan for deployment of this promising new technology,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “MPEG LA is pleased to assist in facilitating a convenient, independently administered, one-stop patent licensing alternative to assist users with implementation of their technology choices and invites all patent holders to participate.”

In order to participate in the initial facilitation effort for the creation of a joint HEVC License, MPEG LA invites any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the HEVC Draft 7 standard (or subsequent revisions that may issue) to submit an initial patent by September 7, 2012, in accordance with terms and procedures governing patent submissions (see the HEVC Site). HEVC Draft 7, available from the ITU-T/ISO/IEC Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC), is subject to further revisions by the JCT-VC; a final approved standard for HEVC is expected to issue around January 2013 (click here) .

Although only issued patents will be included in the license, patent applications with claims that owners believe are essential to the currently published HEVC draft standards and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted in order to participate in the license development process.

 

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