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Q: What does the MVC Patent Portfolio License cover?
A: The MVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for current MVC Standard profiles that are covered by Portfolio patents to the extent posted at http://www.mpegla.com/main/programs/MVC/Pages/AgreementExpress.aspx . Included are Stereo High and Multiview High. The MVC Patent Portfolio License does not include or incorporate coverage provided under MPEG LA’s AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License; MVC products may benefit from coverage under the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA. For information about the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License, see AVC/H.264 License Agreement.

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

Q: What are the obligations of the Licensors with regard to their MVC Essential Patents?
A: Each Licensor is under an obligation to grant to MPEG LA a worldwide, nonexclusive license under all MVC Essential Patents that it has the right to license or sublicense without payment to any third party, allowing MPEG LA to grant worldwide, nonexclusive sublicenses under such patents under terms of the MVC Patent Portfolio License.

Q: What is the effect on Licensees when new patents are added to the MVC Patent Portfolio License?
A: New Licensors and new patents are added at no additional cost during the current Term of the License. Licensees enjoy coverage under all patents from the effective date (January 1, 2010) forward.

Q: Are all MVC 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, however.

Q: How may a patent holder become a Licensor to the MVC Patent Portfolio License?
A: Any party that believes it has patents which are essential to the MVC Standard, and wishes to participate in the MVC 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 a MVC user need?
A: It is up to each user to determine its own licensing needs and how it wishes to meet them. The MVC Patent Portfolio License is provided for a user’s convenience in acquiring patent rights necessary for the MVC 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 MVC 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 the MPEG LA License as well other important patents (whether or not they are not essential to the MVC standard). In addition, the MVC Patent Portfolio License does not include or incorporate coverage provided under MPEG LA’s AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License; MVC products may benefit from coverage under the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA. For information about the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License, see AVC/H.264 License Agreement.

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

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

Q: Do the same licensing terms apply to all profiles of the MVC Standard?
A: Yes, the same terms apply whether one or more profiles are used.

Q: What is the Term of the MVC Patent Portfolio License?
A: The next term runs from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021 without change to royalty rates, annual caps or other terms. The License is renewable for successive five year periods for the useful life of any Portfolio patent on reasonable terms and conditions. Royalty rates for specific license grants for specific licensed products and annual royalty caps will not increase by more than 20% at renewals.

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 20% at each renewal for specific license grants.

Q: Does the MVC Patent Portfolio License include or incorporate coverage provides under MPEG LA’s AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License?
A: No (see MVC Patent Portfolio License for what is covered). For information about the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License, see AVC/H.264 License Agreement.

 

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