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ATSC FAQ



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Q: What does the ATSC Patent Portfolio License cover?
A: The ATSC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage under ATSC Patent Portfolio Patents for the ATSC Standard as defined in the ATSC Patent Portfolio License. ATSC standard specifications can be ordered from ATSC by going to http://www.atsc.org/standards/

Q: Who are the essential patent holders ("Licensors") to the ATSC Patent Portfolio License?
A: Click here.

Q: What are the obligations of the Licensors with regard to their ATSC Essential patents?
A: Each Licensor is under an obligation to grant to MPEG LA a worldwide, nonexclusive license under all ATSC Essential Patents that it and/or its affiliates have the right to license or sublicense without payment to any unaffiliated or less than 50% owned third party, allowing MPEG LA to grant worldwide, nonexclusive sublicenses under such patents under terms of the ATSC Patent Portfolio License.

Q: What is the effect on Licensees when new patents are added to the ATSC Patent Portfolio License?
A: New Licensors and new patents are added to the License without the obligation to pay additional royalties during the current Term of the License. Licensees enjoy coverage under all essential patents from the effective date of December 24, 1996.

Q: Are all ATSC essential patents included?
A: No assurance is or can be made that the License includes every essential patent. The purpose of the License is to offer a convenient licensing alternative to everyone on the same terms and to include as much essential intellectual property as possible for their convenience. Participation in the License is voluntary on the part of essential patent holders.

Q: How may a patent holder become a Licensor to the ATSC Patent Portfolio License?
A: Any party that believes it has patents which are essential to the ATSC Standard, and wishes to participate in the ATSC Patent Portfolio License upon successful evaluation, is invited to submit them for evaluation and inclusion.Click here to request a copy of the terms and procedures governing the patent submission process.

Q: How many licenses does an ATSC user need?
A: It is up to each user to determine its own licensing needs and how it wishes to meet them. The ATSC Patent Portfolio License is provided for a user’s convenience in acquiring patent rights necessary for the ATSC Standard (as defined in the License) from multiple essential patent holders in a single transaction as an alternative to negotiating separate license agreements with those patent holders. No representation is made that all ATSC essential patents are included or that other patent rights may not be infringed or necessary. As discussed above, users who take MPEG LA’s license may have to negotiate licenses with other entities for essential patents that are not included in this License. A license is required for MPEG-2 Video and Systems patents (see below), and a license also may be necessary for other important patents whether or not they are essential to the ATSC Standard.

Q: Does the ATSC Patent Portfolio License include a license to patents that are essential to MPEG-2 Video and Systems?
A. No, the ATSC Patent Portfolio License does not include a portfolio license to patents that are essential to MPEG-2 Video and Systems. ATSC receiver products include an MPEG-2 decoder, however, and ATSC users may benefit from MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offering coverage under patents that are essential to the MPEG-2 Video and Systems standard used in conjunction with ATSC (see MPEG-2 License Agreement).

Q: How is the ATSC Patent Portfolio License organized?
A. Click here for information.

Q: What are the royalties for the ATSC Patent Portfolio License?
A. Click here for information.

Q: What is the Term of the ATSC Patent Portfolio License?
A: The License provides coverage through the expiration of the ATSC Patent Portfolio Patents.

Q: Is there a limitation on the amount that royalty rates may increase at each renewal?
A: If royalty rates were to increase, they will not increase by more than 10% for a specific licensed product and license grant at each renewal.

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