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German Court Finds DVD Disc Manufacturer ODS Infringes MPEG-2 Patents

 

(Denver, Colorado, US – 30 November 2006) – A District Court in Germany (Landgericht Düsseldorf ) today announced verdicts finding that German DVD disc manufacturer Optical Disc Service (“ODS”) has infringed certain patents licensed in the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA as a result of ODS’s manufacture of DVD discs. The verdict of infringement as a result of DVD disc manufacturing issued in eight of nine cases brought by six patent holders who are Licensors to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License.  The patent holders alleged that using the MPEG-2 Standard in recording video onto DVD discs constituted acts of infringement. The MPEG-2 Standard is the core technology underlying the efficient creation, transmission, storage and display of digitized moving images and sound tracks on which DVD and other digital technologies are based; and the DVD-Video Standard (DVD Specifications for Read-Only Disc, Part 3: VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS) requires DVD Video discs to contain information formatted in accordance with the MPEG-2 Standard.

 

Sonopress and Affiliates Enter into MPEG-2 License with MPEG LA

 

(Denver, Colorado, US – 18 October 2006) – MPEG LA today announced that DVD manufacturers Sonopress GmbH; Sonopress Ireland Ltd., Dublin; Sonopress Iber-Memory S.A., Madrid; Sonopress Pan Asia Ltd., Hong Kong; Sonopress Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore; Arvato de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., Mexico; Sonopress Rimo Industria e Comercio Fonografica Ltda, Sao Paulo; and Sonopress Pty., Sydney have rejoined Sonopress LLC, Weaverville as licensees to the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA. This agreement also concludes actions in a district court of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Leading Companies and University Sue DVD Disc Manufacturer ODS for Patent Infringement

 

(Denver, Colorado, US – 02 August 2005) – MPEG LA today announced that several leading electronics companies and a university have filed suit in Germany against Optical Disc Service (“ODS”) for infringing patents used in DVD disc manufacturing. Plaintiffs include France Télécom, S.A.; Fujitsu Ltd., GE Technology Development, Inc.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Robert Bosch GmbH; Sony Corporation; Thomson Licensing S.A., The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.

 

DVD Disc Makers QOL, V.T.V. NV, kdg Enter Into MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent License

Signing Concludes Infringement Actions Brought by MPEG-2 Patent Owners

(Denver, Colorado, US – 26 July 2005) – MPEG LA, LLC, of Denver, Colorado, and three optical disc manufacturers, QOL of France, V.T.V. NV of Belgium and kdg Mediatech of Austria, France and the United Kingdom, announced today that QOL, kdg and V.T.V. NV have become licensees to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License. The DVD disc manufacturers are founding members of a trade association called Optical Disc Association (“ODA”). Their decision to accept the license concludes litigation in Germany and France brought by patent holders to the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License and the three DVD disc manufacturers.

 

Sagem Enters into MPEG-2 License with MPEG LA

Patent Infringement Actions Against Sagem Concluded

DENVER – March 23, 2005 – MPEG LA today announced that Sagem S.A. has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License and that the patent infringement actions announced in a 3 May 2004 press release have concluded.

 

LEADING ELECTRONICS COMPANIES SUE SAGEM S.A. FOR MPEG-2 PATENT INFRINGEMENT

 

DENVER – May 3, 2004 – MPEG LA today announced that several leading electronics companies have filed suit in Düsseldorf, Germany against Sagem Société d’Applications Générales d’Electricité et de Mécanique S.A. (“SAGEM”) for infringing eleven patents that are essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard, which is used worldwide in digital television broadcasting and DVD. Included among the plaintiffs are Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Sony Corporation, Thomson Licensing S.A., and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC).

 

MPEG LA Sues Apex Digital, Inc. for Breach of MPEG-2 License Agreement

Suit Alleges Under-Reporting and Failure to Comply With Audit

(Denver, Colorado, US – 29 January 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it has sued Apex Digital, Inc. (“Apex Digital”), a manufacturer and supplier of DVD players, for breach of its contractual obligations under the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License (“Contract”) that Apex Digital entered into with MPEG LA. The lawsuit alleges that Apex Digital has breached the Contract by (1) failing to report fully its use of MPEG-2 patents; (2) failing to pay the royalty payments due for the use of those patents; and (3) failing to provide an auditor with all of the documents required by the Contract for a complete audit to independently determine Apex Digital’s compliance with the Contract. The suit notes that Apex Digital’s reports of product sales to MPEG LA are not consistent with public reports of Apex Digital’s sales of those products.

 

MPEG LA Resolves Apex Lawsuit

 

(Denver, Colorado, US – 10 March 2003) – MPEG LA is pleased to report that the action it filed against Apex Digital Inc. for failure to pay royalties was amicably resolved at the end of 2002. Apex has paid all amounts due as reflected in its royalty reports, and the fact that the matter could be resolved in such an expeditious fashion is a credit to Apex, and will benefit both Apex and MPEG LA in the future.

 

MPEG LA Sues Apex Digital, Inc. for Breach of MPEG-2 License Agreement

Apex Fails to Pay Millions in Royalties; Suit Seeks Damages and Injunction

(Denver, Colorado, US – 08 August 2002) – MPEG LA, LLC, which licenses a portfolio of patents that are essential to use of the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard, has sued Apex Digital, Inc. (“Apex Digital”), a manufacturer and supplier of DVD players, for breach of its contractual obligations under the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License (“Contract”) that Apex Digital entered into with MPEG LA. Apex Digital has failed to pay millions of dollars in royalties for its products as required by the Contract.

 

Leading Global Electronics Companies and University Sue Compaq for MPEG-2 Patent Infringement in U.S. and Germany

 

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