Media

Media / Licensing Programs Archive

Diagnovus Becomes First Licensee to MPEG LA’s Librassay® Licensing Program

(DENVER, CO, US – 21 October 2013) – MPEG LA today announced that Diagnovus, LLC has entered into a license for certain patent rights through Librassay®, a new one-stop patent licensing program in the field of molecular diagnostics offered by patent licensing leader MPEG LA.

“We are pleased to welcome Diagnovus as a Licensee to the Librassay® program,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO of MPEG LA. “MPEG LA, through Librassay, provides a solution to the market’s growing need for one-stop non-exclusive access to patent rights for diagnostic tests that lead to personalized medical solutions. Just as MPEG LA’s origination of patent pools provided a market-based solution for accessing consumer electronics, video and information technologies, MPEG LA’s Librassay delivers a similar solution to the healthcare market with the potential for profound cost savings and quality of life benefits.”

“Librassay® is the answer to a growing market need for licenses under patents in support of emerging gene panel tests,” stated James Stover, Ph.D., Vice President of Business Development at Diagnovus. “When the patents are held by many different entities, securing licenses with each of them can be a challenge – especially for a small, fast moving company like Diagnovus. We welcome the convenience of Librassay’s efficient, cost-effective, one-stop licensing platform. By enabling us to access patent rights in a single transaction, Librassay allowed Diagnovus to quickly secure a license and add to our ENGAUGETM product line, saving valuable resources for what we do best – delivering personalized information and services to physicians treating patients suffering from underserved, aggressive and lesser-known diseases.”

“We welcome diagnostic developers and service providers, large and small, to visit the Librassay® website and contact us directly to lock in access to diagnostic patent rights held by a growing number of world-class research institutions,” added Kristin Neuman, Librassay Executive Director.

Launched in September 2012, Librassay® makes diagnostic patent rights from the world’s leading research institutions available to everyone through a single license. It also offers patent holders the opportunity for wider adoption of their technologies, reasonable compensation for their research investments and the incentive to invest more. The program currently includes some 400 patents owned by Johns Hopkins University; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; National Institutes of Health (NIH); Partners HealthCare; The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University; The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania; University of California, San Francisco; and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Full news release here


Google and MPEG LA Announce Agreement Covering VP8 Video Format

(DENVER, CO, US – 7 March 2013) – Google Inc. and MPEG LA, LLC announced today that they have entered into agreements granting Google a license to techniques that may be essential to VP8 and earlier-generation VPx video compression technologies under patents owned by 11 patent holders. The agreements also grant Google the right to sublicense those techniques to any user of VP8, whether the VP8 implementation is by Google or another entity. It further provides for sublicensing those VP8 techniques in one next-generation VPx video codec. As a result of the agreements, MPEG LA will discontinue its effort to form a VP8 patent pool.

“This is a significant milestone in Google’s efforts to establish VP8 as a widely-deployed web video format,” said Allen Lo, Google’s deputy general counsel for patents. “We appreciate MPEG LA’s cooperation in making this happen.”

“We are pleased for the opportunity to facilitate agreements with Google to make VP8 widely available to users,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Continues to Expand Librassay® with Addition of WARF

(DENVER, CO, US – 21 February 2013) – MPEG LA today announced that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has become a participating patent holder in Librassay®, MPEG LA’s licensing supermarket of diagnostic and research tool patent rights for tests and assays, kits, tools and instruments for biomarker detection and analysis, diagnostics and research.

WARF joins leading research institutions Johns Hopkins University; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; National Institutes of Health (NIH); Partners HealthCare; The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University; The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania; and University of California, San Francisco.

“The addition of WARF, with its rich history in technology transfer, makes the already impressive list of life sciences research institutions that have joined Librassay® even more distinguished,” said Larry Horn, MPEG LA President and CEO. “WARF’s decision to join Librassay® further validates the arrival of one- stop access to intellectual property rights that make diagnostic tests in support of personalized medical solutions available to everyone on the same terms.”

“We are pleased to announce the availability of UW-Madison technologies through Librassay® and its non-exclusive licensing model for many, which promotes social benefit and incentives for inventors and patent holders,” stated Leigh Cagan, WARF Chief Technology Commercialization Officer. “This licensing model is very helpful when patent rights held by many different parties are needed to develop licensing model is very helpful when patent rights held by many different parties are needed to develop new technologies, as often is the case with multiplexed diagnostic tests for disease and health conditions, including whole genome sequencing.”

Launched by one-stop patent licensing leader MPEG LA in September 2012, Librassay® makes diagnostic patent rights from the world’s leading research institutions available to everyone through a single license. It also offers patent holders the opportunity for wider adoption of their technologies, reasonable compensation for their research investments and the incentive to invest more. MPEG LA welcomes other patent holders to join Librassay®.

For information, please e-mail LicensorInfo-Librassay@mpegla.com.

To access the on-line Librassay® store, or request a copy of the Librassay® Patent Portfolio License, please go to www.librassay.com.

Full news release here


MPEG LA® Licensing Model Featured at Conference on Food Security

(DENVER, CO, US – 24 January 2013) – World one-stop patent licensing leader MPEG LA discussed its “many-to-many” licensing model, at a conference on Food Security last week, as providing for open licensing access to intellectual property owned by many parties on terms that make the benefits of innovation available to everyone. The #AccessIP conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, was sponsored by Syngenta Corporation to explore the power of open intellectual property systems and collaborative innovation models to expand, and facilitate wide access to, new technologies for feeding the world’s population with sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

“Helping tackle critical challenges to advance the world’s most important goals is not beyond the reach of this licensing model,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “We created a new pro-competitive form of access to intellectual property rights that balances social benefit with incentives for patent owners, revolutionizing the way inventors and users think about intellectual property. What MPEG LA did to make emerging information technologies available to everyone, it is now doing with diagnostic tests for personalized medical solutions and can do for other technologies.”

In his presentation, Horn highlighted the role the MPEG LA® Licensing Model played in enabling users to address the patent thicket around the MPEG-2 video compression standard. MPEG-2 became the most successful standard in consumer electronics history producing nearly $4 trillion in worldwide product sales, and the solution pioneered by MPEG LA became the template for making intellectual property rights around patent thickets available and affordable to everyone. Today MPEG LA manages licensing programs consisting of some 8,000 patents in 74 countries with more than 160 patent holders and nearly 6000 licensees. MPEG LA’s most recent initiative is Librassay®, a web-based store of biomarker and research tool patent rights from the world’s leading life sciences research institutions in support of tests and assays, kits, tools and instruments for genetic analysis, biomarker detection, medical diagnosis, research and drug discovery.

More information on the MPEG LA® Licensing Model can be found at: https://www.mpegla.com, or by emailing: info@mpegla.com.

Full news release here


Daniel Abraham Joins MPEG LA as Vice President, Science and Business Strategy

(DENVER, CO, US – 16 October 2012) – MPEG LA today announced the appointment of Daniel Abraham as Vice President, Science and Business Strategy. In this newly created position, Mr. Abraham’s responsibilities include technology and related business strategies for MPEG LA and its subsidiaries. Before MPEG LA, Mr. Abraham was Director at Columbia Technology Ventures.

“Dan’s appointment presents an exciting new opportunity for MPEG LA,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “With his distinguished academic, research and business credentials, Dan blends a rare mixture of applied science, intellectual property and business experience with an exceptional knowledge of emerging technologies and relationships with the universities that spawn them.”

“Our innovation ecosystem is faced with many challenges to ensure a balance of wide access for users and incentives for inventors,” said Mr. Abraham. “It’s both a pleasure and an honor to help create new solutions with such a distinguished and proven organization unique in its devotion to achieving that balance and renowned for its unparalleled success in doing so.”

Before Columbia, Mr. Abraham served as Vice President, Chief Technologist at GE Technology Development. He has also served as Vice President, Advanced Development for Veeco Instruments; Intellectual Properties Director and Senior Scientist at Phase Metrics, and conducted nanoscience research at The Institute for Materials Research, University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), IBM Research Laboratory Zurich and AT&T Bell Labs. Mr. Abraham earned his PhD in Physics from the University of California at Irvine.

Full news release here


MPEG LA’s Librassay® Removes Patent Barriers to Diagnostics for Personalized Medicine

Collaboration with NIH and Other Leading Healthcare Innovators Provides One-Stop Access

(DENVER, CO, US – 27 September 2012) – MPEG LA announced today that Librassay®, a landmark collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other leading healthcare innovators (listed below), is now providing one-stop worldwide access to diagnostic discoveries for personalized medicine.

“Uncertainties surrounding access to patented technologies have imperiled healthcare advances,” said Larry Horn, MPEG LA President and CEO. “Just as MPEG LA’s origination of patent pools provided a market-based solution for accessing consumer electronics, video and information technologies, now MPEG LA’s Librassay® introduces a similar solution to the healthcare market with the potential for profound cost savings and quality of life benefits. We applaud the pioneering foresight and efforts of the world’s leading research institutions demonstrating a commitment to their understanding that making world class medical technology widely available is as important as inventing it.”

“The NIH’s policy is to disseminate its technologies as broadly as possible to promote commercialization and improve public health,” stated Mark Rohrbaugh, Director of the NIH Office of Technology Transfer. “This agreement promotes our policy by permitting MPEG LA and Librassay® to pool patented technologies contributed by NIH with complementary technologies from other sources, and to grant non-exclusive, commercial licenses from the pool for in vitro diagnostics and personalized medicine.”

“Before Librassay®, obtaining licenses to medical diagnostic inventions was an ordeal,” added Kristin Neuman, Librassay® Executive Director. “Now Librassay® offers one place where diagnostic developers and service providers can obtain assured and affordable access to patent rights, and patent holders have the opportunity for wider adoption of their technologies in combination with others, reasonable compensation for their research investments and the incentive to invest more.”

Initial contributors to Librassay® include

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Partners HealthCare
  • The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
  • The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California, San Francisco

Starting with some 400 patents, Librassay® makes worldwide medical diagnostic patent rights from the world’s leading research institutions available to everyone through a one-stop license. Librassay® is expected to be of particular benefit in connection with emerging multiplexed diagnostic tests for disease and other health conditions, including whole genome sequencing, for which patent rights belonging to many different parties may be needed.

MPEG LA welcomes other patent holders to join Librassay®. For information, please email LicensorInfo-Librassay@mpegla.com.

To access the on-line Librassay® store, or request a copy of the Librassay® Patent Portfolio License, please go to http://www.librassay.com.

Full news release here


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. 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.

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.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Offers License to Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio

(DENVER, CO, US – 31 May 2012) – MPEG LA announced today that a license under the Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio of inventions owned by SIPCO, LLC and IntusIQ (formerly known as IPCO, LLC) is now available through MPEG LA.

Continuing MPEG LA’s record of offering licenses that enable the market to produce innovative products of benefit to consumers, the Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio includes essential wireless networking technologies used in ZigBee, Z-Wave, IEEE 802.15.4, WirelessHART, EnOcean, 6LoWPAN, proprietary mesh network and other applications in a variety of areas. These include Smart Grid, building automation, industrial controls, network backhaul, smart vehicles, home appliances, home automation, home entertainment, sensor monitoring and Internet service provisioning.

For more information about the Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio or to discuss a license with a representative of MPEG LA, please contact MPEG LA.

Full news release here


SIPCO, LLC Announces Minority Ownership Agreement with GE and MPEG LA

ATLANTA, GA – March 6, 2012 – SIPCO, LLC is pleased to announce that GE, acting through its Licensing operation, and MPEG LA, LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary Tagivan II, have each acquired a minority ownership position in SIPCO and IntusIQ. SIPCO and IntusIQ, privately held companies, are prominent developers in providing leading edge wireless technology solutions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

According to T. David Petite, CEO of SIPCO, LLC, “We are thrilled to welcome MPEG LA and GE Licensing to the SIPCO family. Since 2003, we have remained committed to the development of leading technologies for use in a wide-range of groundbreaking energy efficiency and wireless applications. With GE, a leader in innovative technology, and MPEG LA, a leader in technology licensing, we can ensure access to and accelerate delivery of our solutions to the market.”

Under the terms of the agreement, SIPCO has designated MPEG LA as its Licensing Administrator. Through MPEG LA, SIPCO’s extensive portfolio of innovations will continue to be available for license.

“We are delighted to have been selected as the Licensing Administrator for SIPCO’s patent portfolio,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO, MPEG LA. “With MPEG LA’s expertise, we will ensure that these advanced technologies remain available to the marketplace as catalysts for innovation and new product development.”

Full news release here


MPEG LA Offers MVC Patent Portfolio License

MVC is the 3D Video Standard Used in Blu-ray Disc® and Other 3D Video Products

(DENVER, CO, US – 22 February 2012) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced the availability of the MVC Patent Portfolio License. The joint license includes patents that are essential to the Multiview Video Coding (“MVC”) standard for encoding and decoding 3D video. The MVC standard is used in Blu-ray Disc® 3D players, recorders, software, PCs, optical discs, 3D video cameras, and 3D playback devices.

Current MVC essential patent holders include Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.; Fujitsu Limited; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.; Koninklijke KPN N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT); NTT DOCOMO, Inc.; Panasonic Corporation; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York; and Thomson Licensing.

“MPEG LA is proud to play a role in delivering technology that enables consumers to receive the benefits of 3D video,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “This license gives renewed testimony to the ability of the MPEG LA® Licensing Model to address real world market demand for access to standard-essential patents owned by multiple parties through a convenient, fair, and efficient one-stop licensing alternative enabling users to focus their resources on developing new competitive products instead of uncertainty and conflict. We applaud these fifteen patent holders for their exemplary cooperation in coming together for the benefit of the marketplace to forge a voluntary market-based solution that benefits MVC consumers.”

Bill Geary, Vice President of Business Development at MPEG LA, will introduce the MVC patent pool license at the Asia-Pacific 3D Standards & IP Forum to be held on February 24 in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Geary said, “We are honored to introduce an efficient patent licensing solution for 3D MVC video and join a multi-national panel of speakers who will address IP and standards development for 3D applications in entertainment, medicine, and education.”

Copies of the MVC license agreement may be obtained here. A summary of the license terms is attached. In addition, MVC products may benefit from coverage under the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA. To obtain information about or request a copy of the AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License, please click here.

MPEG LA welcomes any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the MVC Standard to submit them for an evaluation of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent experts and inclusion in the License if determined to be essential. Interested parties may request a copy of the terms and procedures governing patent submissions here. MPEG LA’s objective is to provide worldwide access to as much MVC essential intellectual property as possible for the benefit of licensees (new patent holders and essential patents may be added at no additional royalty during the current term of the License).

Full news release here


MPEG LA’s Librassay® Featured in Genetic Diagnostic Testing Testimony at USPTO

(DENVER, CO, US – 16 February 2012) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, testified today at a public hearing on Genetic Diagnostic Testing at the US Patent and Trademark Office to introduce Librassay®, a market-based solution addressing genetic diagnostic patent licensing issues of concern to the panel. Through a patent licensing “supermarket” making essential patent rights available on a nonexclusive, nondiscriminatory basis, Librassay® will accelerate adoption and availability of genetic diagnostic tests leading to personalized medical solutions in service to the entire market.

“Exclusive licensing practices, market behavior and related legal cases cry out for the need to provide nonexclusive access to essential patents in the diagnostics field of use, and MPEG LA, through Librassay®, intends to answer that call,” Kristin Neuman, Executive Director, Librassay®, at MPEG LA, testified before the hearing.

Building on MPEG LA’s successful patent pool model, Neuman explained that Librassay® can help patent owners and users come together in an efficient fashion to hasten transactions that incentivize technology innovation and adoption by balancing reasonable access to intellectual property rights with a reasonable return on investment.

“The nonexclusive licensing platform provided by Librassay® will promote the availability of independent, second opinion genetic diagnostic testing by providing a wide variety of patent rights to any and all users in a single, easy, and cost-effective transaction,” said Neuman. “As more and more patents become available through Librassay®, the medical community will experience greater levels of genetic test availability because no entity will be able to license patents from Librassay® on an exclusive basis – the Librassay® patent rights will be available to all. Further, we expect the widespread, nonexclusive licensing opportunities available through Librassay® to drive down the cost of genetic diagnostic testing, as fewer patent owners continue to hold exclusive patent positions. And all of this can be attained while still providing a reasonable financial return to patent owners for their innovation in this very important field.”

Librassay® licensees will be able to shop the Librassay® website store for the patent rights they need to clear, develop and offer genetic diagnostic tests they produce. The Librassay® many-to-many licensing model will be particularly useful and valuable in connection with multiplex genetic testing, where patent rights belonging to many different owners may be needed to support a single multiplexed genetic test. More information on Librassay®, which launches later this year, can be found here.

A transcript of Neuman’s testimony can be found here.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to VP8 Video Codec

MPEG LA Offers to Facilitate Development of a Joint License to Provide Coverage Under Essential Patents

(DENVER, CO, US – 10 February 2011) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, announces a call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification used to deliver video images. The VP8 video codec is defined by the WebM Project at http://www.webmproject.org.

In order to participate in the creation of, and determine licensing terms for, a joint VP8 patent license, any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec specification is invited to submit them for a determination of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators. At least one essential patent is necessary to participate in the process, and initial submissions should be made by March 18, 2011. Although only issued patents will be included in the license, in order to participate in the license development process, patent applications with claims that their owners believe are essential to the specification and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted.

VP8 Specification

The VP8 Specification is described in the following document, including any and all amendments: VP8 Data Format and Decoding Guide, WebM Project, Revised: February 4, 2011 (http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-bankoski-vp8-bitstream-02).

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to Multiview Video Codec (MVC)

MVC Enables Delivery of 3D Video Content Over Blu-ray Disc™ and Other Digital Media

(DENVER, CO, US – 12 January 2011) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, announces a call for patents essential to the Multiview Video Codec (“MVC”) standard used to deliver 3D video images. MVC is currently used for storage and playback of 3D video content on Blu-ray Disc™ devices and optical discs (see http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20091217005371/en/Blu-ray-Disc-Association-Announces-Final-3D-Specification).

MPEG LA invites any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the MVC Standard to submit them by February 18, 2011 for evaluation of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators in order to participate in the creation of, and determine licensing terms for, a joint MVC patent license. MVC is described in Annex H of ITU-T Rec. H.264 (03/10) and ISO/IEC IS 14496-10:2010 (Dec. 15, 2010). Presently, evaluations will be based on ISO/IEC IS 14496-10:2010 (Dec. 15, 2010) (available at http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=56538). Although only issued patents will be included in the license, in order to participate in the license development process, patent applications with claims that their owners believe are essential to the MVC Standard and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted. Further information, along with terms and procedures governing patent submissions, can be found here.

MVC Standard

The Multiview Video Codec (“MVC”) standard is used to deliver 3D video images. MVC is currently used for storage and playback of 3D video content on Blu-ray Disc™ devices and optical discs (see http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20091217005371/en/Blu-ray-Disc-Association-Announces-Final-3D-Specification).

Full news release here


MPEG LA’s AVC License Will Not Charge Royalties for Internet Video that is Free to End Users through Life of License

(DENVER, CO, US – 26 August 2010) – MPEG LA announced today that its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as “Internet Broadcast AVC Video”) during the entire life of this License. MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015, and today’s announcement makes clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.

MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services. AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player and other personal computer software, mobile devices including telephones and mobile television receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ players and recorders, Blu-ray video optical discs, game machines, personal media player devices and still and video cameras.

For more information about MPEG LA’s AVC License or to request a copy of the License, please visit the AVC page .

Full news release here


MPEG LA Launches Initiative to Make Gene Patents Available for Diagnostic Testing

Licensing Facility Balances Open Access with Innovation to Deliver Diagnosis and Treatment

(DENVER, CO, US – 8 April 2010) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced a market-based initiative for a diagnostic genetics patent licensing facility that addresses the market’s need for nonexclusive access to patents for diagnostic genetics tests leading to personalized medical solutions that save lives and reduce healthcare costs.

“Diagnostic genetics testing holds great promise as a driver of precision therapy, but patent thickets and restrictive licensing arrangements threaten their delivery,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “The recent case of Association for Molecular Pathology vs. USPTO, Myriad Genetics and University of Utah Research Foundation (US District Court for the Southern District of New York) suggests the need for a solution that balances social cost and open access with innovation incentive. Applying its leading mass market patent licensing expertise in service to the healthcare market, MPEG LA is prepared to deliver it. We welcome all owners of relevant patents to join those who have expressed their support for this effort.”

By aggregating patent rights for existing and emerging tests that may lead to personalized treatment (e.g., hereditary hearing loss in infants, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, Lynch syndrome) and licensing them nonexclusively for diagnostic use, MPEG LA’s diagnostic genetics patent licensing facility, or “supermarket,” will assist laboratories, testing companies and researchers in obtaining rights they need to design comprehensive diagnostic genetics tests that the market wants, thereby making these tests widely available through multiple channels at affordable prices.

In the current marketplace, many patent owners restrict access to their intellectual property in order to protect and promote their own tests, and others do not make their patents available at all because the costs of licensing them in isolation from related patents are prohibitive. By providing the public with wide access to tests that rely on the availability of these patent rights, MPEG LA’s licensing supermarket will afford patent owners – including those who currently restrict access or refrain from licensing – a new and financially attractive, low risk opportunity to make diagnostic patent rights available to a wider market through broader, more inclusive tests. As such, the MPEG LA supermarket intersects cost effectiveness with effective treatment, alleviating the social costs of current gene patenting and licensing practices while preserving the investment incentives that enable developers to bring new genetic tests to market.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Lawsuit Against Alcatel Lucent Settled

(DENVER, CO, US – 29 March 2010) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced that an action brought by MPEG LA against Alcatel Lucent, Lucent Technologies Inc. (“Lucent”) and Multimedia Patent Trust in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware was settled last week.

As part of the settlement, in addition to other consideration, the Multimedia Patent Trust will submit the patents that were diverted to it in conjunction with the 2006 merger between Lucent and Alcatel for a determination of essentiality in accordance with MPEG LA’s normal procedures. If it is determined that one or more of the patents are MPEG-2 Essential Patents or MPEG-2 Systems Essential Patents, the Multimedia Patent Trust will join the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License and/or the MPEG-2 Systems Patent Portfolio License as a Licensor and all such patents will be included.

The resolution of the case is consistent with the relief MPEG LA sought in its complaint.

Full news release here


Corrected Version of February 2, 2010 News Release Titled “MPEG LA’s AVC License Will Continue Not to Charge Royalties for Internet Video that is Free to End Users”

(DENVER, CO, US – 2 February 2010) – MPEG LA announced today that its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as Internet Broadcast AVC Video) during the next License term from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing, and royalties to apply during the next term will be announced before the end of 2010.

MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services. AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player and other personal computer software, mobile devices including telephones and mobile television receivers, Blu-ray DiscTM players and recorders, Blu-ray video optical discs, game machines, personal media player devices and still and video cameras.

For more information about MPEG LA’s AVC License or to request a copy of the License, please click here.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Holds First Meeting of LTE Essential Patent Owners

Significant progress and cooperation seen at first meeting

(DENVER, CO, US – 29 September 2009) – World leading patent pool licensing administrator MPEG LA, LLC held its first meeting of essential LTE patent owners in September in Tokyo, Japan. At the meeting, 12 patent owners from five countries on three continents discussed the specific structure and terms of a patent pool for licensing patents that are essential to the LTE standards developed by 3GPP. The patent owners represent a broad spectrum of the LTE marketplace, including handset manufacturers, network equipment manufacturers, wireless carriers, chipmakers, and research institutions.

“The wireless industry desires a reasonable LTE patent pool license that includes the essential patents of major industry participants,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “We were impressed with the desire of LTE essential patent owners to deliver a broad, marketable and innovative license as evidenced by their openness to discuss and reach consensus on fundamental licensing issues.”

LTE Standard

LTE is next-generation wireless technology enabling mobile networks to meet consumer demand to move to higher speed data communications beyond that offered by existing 3G networks. LTE also offers an internet protocol architecture that opens the door to wireless business models and devices not currently offered in traditional telecommunications networks.

Full news release here


MPEG LA and ULDAGE Reach Historic Agreement

Collaboration between leading patent licensing companies to offer product-based license for One-Seg handsets

(DENVER, CO, US – 15 September 2009) – World leading patent pool licensing administrator MPEG LA, LLC, and Japanese patent pool administrator ULDAGE Inc. today announced a cooperation under which ULDAGE will offer MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Systems License along with ULDAGE’s ARIB license to companies based in Japan that sell mobile TV handsets for Japan’s One-Seg mobile terrestrial broadcasting service. One-Seg mobile TV handsets use both the Transport Layer of the MPEG-2 Systems Standard covered by MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Systems License and the ARIB One-Seg digital broadcast standard covered by ULDAGE’s ARIB License. Therefore, One-Seg handset manufacturers need coverage under patents essential to both standards and would benefit from both licenses.

“This collaboration marks two firsts,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “It is the first time that two joint licensing administrators have joined forces. It is also the first time that a joint license has been offered covering patents essential to multiple standards utilized in a single product. We are especially thrilled to be able to do this with ULDAGE, whom we hold in the highest regard for its successful licensing of the Japanese market. We share a rich history and common values serving our customers and the market with licensing products of increasing convenience.”

“Doing this venture with MPEG LA holds special significance for us,” said ULDAGE President and CEO Yoshihide Nakamura. “MPEG LA ushered in the age of patent pool licensing bringing new efficiencies to the patent licensing market. Now together we usher in the age of product licensing. In response to market demand, through the cooperative effort of our companies each representing the gold standard in joint licensing, we are bringing new licensing products to market that will benefit the industry and its consumers.”

One-Seg is a mobile terrestrial digital audio, video and data broadcasting service used in Japan. ULDAGE’s ARIB Essential Patent License provides a license under Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standards including One-Seg that were developed by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (“ARIB”).

The MPEG-2 Systems Standard defines how to format the various components of multiplexer programs and combine them into a single program or transport stream. Where the standard is used without licensed MPEG-2 video encoders or decoders, such as in One-Seg handset and other mobile television and audio receivers and certain set-top boxes and cameras, MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Systems Patent Portfolio License provides coverage under essential patents.

Full news release here


New MPEG LA MPEG-2 License Agreement

Offers Extended Coverage at Reduced Royalty Rates

(DENVER, CO, US – 6 July 2009) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced the offering of a new MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License that will provide uninterrupted coverage for the life of the MPEG-2 essential patents at reduced royalty rates beginning January 1, 2010.

“MPEG LA and the MPEG-2 Licensors are committed to assuring that our MPEG-2 License continues to be responsive to the needs of our customers and the marketplace, and the new MPEG-2 License provides further affirmation of that objective,” said Larry Horn, MPEG LA President and CEO.

From the later of January 1, 2010 or the execution date of the new License, the royalty rate for each MPEG-2 Decoding, Encoding and Consumer Product (as defined in the new License) will be US $2.00, down from the current $2.50, and royalties for MPEG-2 Packaged Medium (e.g., DVD Video Discs) will be reduced to US$0.0176 during 2010, and US$0.016 after 2010.

For more information about the new MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License or to request a copy of the License, please click here or email Licensing@mpegla.com.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Progress in Facilitation of LTE Patent Pool License

Efforts started last year have prepared market for efficient licensing alternative and MPEG LA call for patent submissions

(DENVER, CO, US 11 May 2009) MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced that it has made significant progress working with a group of interested companies to facilitate creation of a joint patent pool license for the Long Term Evolution (LTE) Standard for mobile telecommunications. MPEG LA’s efforts, started last year, have been directed toward educating the market about the benefits of a pool license to address the patent thicket around this next generation wireless technology and assist the market with its adoption.

“The market is ready, and we are proud that industry leading companies have invited us to facilitate creation of an LTE pool license,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “Given the history of telecommunications patent pools, MPEG LA has taken the time to consult directly with mobile network operators, network equipment manufacturers and mobile handset companies regarding the benefits of a patent pool for LTE, and they have encouraged MPEG LA to move forward with this effort. We are pleased by their vote of confidence. Next generation wireless technology, with its multifunctional capabilities, begs for a patent pool licensing alternative to make its full potential available to consumer worldwide, and MPEG LA’s success in creating large pool licenses uniquely positions us to achieve it.”

MPEG LA would like as many essential patent holders as possible to be included in this process. Therefore, MPEG LA invites any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the LTE Standard (see attached) to submit them by June 19, 2009 for evaluation of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators in order to participate in the creation of a joint LTE patent license. Although only issued patents will be included in the license, in order to participate in the license development process, patent applications with claims that their owners believe are essential to the LTE Standard and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted. In addition, although the process will begin with LTE, it may be expanded at a later stage to provide coverage for backward compatibility with other mobile telecommunications technologies.

LTE Standard

LTE is next-generation wireless technology enabling mobile networks to meet consumer demand to move to higher speed data communications beyond that offered by existing 3G networks. LTE also offers an internet protocol architecture that opens the door to wireless business models and devices not currently offered in traditional telecommunications networks.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Updates AVC Patent Portfolio License

Changes conform License coverage with revisions to the AVC/H.264 Standard

(DENVER, CO, US – 2 February 2009) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that the coverage of its AVC Patent Portfolio License has been updated to conform with recent revisions to the AVC/H.264 Standard as defined in ISO/IEC 14496-10:2008, 4th Edition (2008-09-15). As a result of this update, the profiles now covered by the AVC Patent Portfolio License include Baseline, Main, Extended, High, High 10, High 4:2:2, High 4:4:4 Predictive, High 10 Intra, High 4:2:2 Intra, High 4:4:4 Intra, CAVLC 4:4:4 Intra, Scalable Baseline, Scalable High and Scalable High Intra.

Full news release here


DVB-T Press Release

(DENVER, CO, US – 29 August 2008) – MPEG LA, LLC and SISVEL S.p.A. announce that as of August 26, 2008 the administration of the DVB-T licensing program, including the administration of all DVB-T Patent Portfolio Licenses previously executed by MPEG LA and licensees, has been transferred from MPEG LA to SISVEL.

The DVB-T patent pool offers a fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to patents owned by France Télécom, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) that have been determined to be essential for implementing DVB-T, the terrestrial digital television broadcast standard (European Telecommunications Standardization Institute (“ETSI”) document ETS300744).

Effective August 26, 2008, licenses under those DVB-T essential patents will be available from SISVEL as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses with the individual patent owners. Existing licensees will receive further communications from MPEG LA regarding the details of the transfer. All inquiries related to licenses under the DVB-T essential patents can be directed to SISVEL and information regarding the DVB-T program can be found on SISVEL’s web-site at http://www.sisvel.com.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Additions to Management Team

JP Gascon appointed CFO, Alexis (Lexy) DeVane General Counsel

(Denver, CO, US – 14 May 2008) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced the appointment of JP Gascon as Chief Financial Officer and Alexis (Lexy) DeVane as General Counsel.

Mr. Gascon replaces James E. Kluttz, who recently retired. Gascon brings 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and treasury management, most recently as Acting Controller for MPEG LA and founder of consulting company Artemis Financial Controls. A graduate of Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lyon, Gascon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Public Accountants, the Colorado Treasury Management Association and Institute of Internal Auditors. He is based in MPEG LA’s Denver, Colorado office.

Ms. DeVane has been a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, representing MPEG LA. Following her graduation from Emory University School of Law where she received a JD with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif, DeVane clerked for The Honorable Julie E. Carnes, Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. DeVane graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English, received a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Emory University, Candler School of Theology and was a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki, Finland affiliated with the University of Helsinki, School of Law. She will join MPEG LA at the end of May and will be based in MPEG LA’s Chevy Chase, Maryland office.

“The addition of JP and Lexy brings even more strength to MPEG LA’s management team” said MPEG LA Chief Executive Officer Larry Horn. “In addition to a strong working knowledge of MPEG LA, they share an enthusiasm for the Company’s mission. We are pleased to have them. MPEG LA will benefit greatly from their experience and leadership.”

Full news release here


MPEG LA Sues Alcatel Lucent for Breach of MPEG-2 Patent Pool Contractual Obligations

(DENVER, CO, US – 5 November 2007) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced that it has commenced an action against Alcatel Lucent (“Alcatel”) for breach of contractual obligations as a Licensor in MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 patent pool licensing program. The suit also names Lucent Technologies, Inc. (“Lucent”) and Multimedia Patent Trust (the “Trust”).

According to the complaint filed in the Court of Chancery for the State of Delaware, Alcatel promised to make available to Licensees through MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License all MPEG-2 essential patents which Alcatel can license or sublicense – and not take any action to subvert that commitment. But rather than abide by that promise, Alcatel and Lucent created the Trust to hold patents that Alcatel was and is required to place into the MPEG-2 License, and has taken the position that the essential MPEG-2 patents purportedly transferred to the Trust cannot be placed in the MPEG-2 License.

In fact, the patents were transferred to the Trust (in which Alcatel has 99% beneficial ownership) with Alcatel’s agreement and consent, and the only purpose of the transfer was to avoid Alcatel’s contractual commitment in order to extract additional royalties from MPEG-2 patent pool Licensees.

MPEG LA seeks, among other things, declaratory, injunctive and other equitable relief.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues ATSC Patent Portfolio License

(CHEVY CHASE, MD, US – 20 September 2007) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced the availability of the ATSC Patent Portfolio License. The joint license includes patents that are essential to the digital television standard (including high definition and standard definition) developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and used in digital televisions sold in the United States, South Korea, Mexico, Canada and other countries.

Essential patent holders include Zenith Electronics Corporation; Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); LG Electronics Inc.; and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

“MPEG LA is proud to play a continuing role in support of digital television’s now and next generation,” said MPEG LA Chief Executive Officer Larry Horn. “This license gives further testimony to the ability of the MPEG LA® Licensing Model to address real world market demand for a convenient and reliable one-stop licensing alternative enabling manufacturers to focus their resources on new product development. We applaud these patent holders for their exemplary cooperation in coming together for the benefit of the marketplace with patents of demonstrated value to forge a voluntary marketplace solution inuring to the benefit of ATSC consumers.” Copies of the license agreement may be obtained here.

MPEG LA welcomes any party that believes it has patents which are essential to the ATSC Standard to submit them for an evaluation of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent experts and inclusion in the License if determined to be essential. Interested parties may request a copy of the terms and procedures governing patent submissions here. MPEG LA’s objective is to provide worldwide access to as much ATSC essential intellectual property as possible for the benefit of licensees (new patent holders and essential patents may be added at no additional royalty during the current term of the License.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues VC-1 Patent Portfolio License

(Chevy Chase, Maryland USA – 14 March 2007) – MPEG LA today announced the availability of the VC-1 Patent Portfolio License. Copies of the license agreement may be obtained here.

As a convenience to the marketplace, the VC-1 Patent Portfolio License offers fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to essential VC-1 intellectual property owned by multiple patent holders in a single license as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. The License includes essential VC-1 patents owned by DAEWOO Electronics Corporation; France Télécom, société anonyme; Fujitsu Limited; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); Microsoft Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation; Pantech&Curitel Communications, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; Telenor ASA; Toshiba Corporation; and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC).

Full news release here


Significant Progress Made Toward Creation of Joint Blu-ray

DiscPatent License

Fourth Meeting of Patent Holders Held

(Chevy Chase, Maryland USA – 21 February 2007) – MPEG LA announced today that the fourth meeting of essential Blu-ray DiscTM patent owners, currently consisting of 18 companies, was held in New York on February 6-7 for the purpose of creating a joint license providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to essential patents, as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Significant progress has been made in identifying licensing terms for Blu-ray DiscTM products such as players, recorders, drives, software, recordable discs and prerecorded discs. Participating companies include CyberLink Corporation; Dell Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hitachi Ltd.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Pioneer Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sonic Solutions; Sony Corporation; TDK Corporation; Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.; and Warner Home Video Inc.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Further Expands Call for Blu-ray Disc

Patents

Hybrid Disc and Blu-ray DiscPortions of DVB-GEM Included

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 6 December 2006) – In its continued response to marketplace interest in accessing as much essential intellectual property as possible in a single license, MPEG LA, LLC today expanded its call for patents essential to the implementation of the Blu-ray DiscTM Standard to include the following specification:

System Description Blu-ray DiscTM Rewritable Format,

Part 3 Audio Visual Basic Specifications, Version 3.0, September 2006

Inclusion of this specification is in addition to other Blu-ray DiscTM Specifications encompassed by previous calls for patents issued by MPEG LA [see MPEG LA Expands Call for Blu-ray DiscTM Patents and MPEG LA Further Expands Call for Blu-ray DiscTM Patents]. Patents essential to additional Blu-ray DiscTM Specifications may be called for in the future.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces VC-1 License Terms

License Agreement Expected to Issue During 2006

(Denver, Colorado, US – 17 August 2006) – MPEG LA, LLC announced today that an initial group of essential patent holders have agreed on final terms of license to be included in the VC-1 Patent Portfolio License (“License”), expected to issue during 2006. A summary of the license terms is attached.

“This represents an extraordinary and persistent effort by a devoted group of patent owners acting in the public interest,” said MPEG LA Chief Executive Officer Larry Horn. “By the patent owners’ commitment to make available a joint patent license for the convenience of VC-1 adopters, consumers benefiting from a marketplace of competitive technology choices are the clear winners.”

Full news release here


MPEG LA Further Expands Call for Blu-ray Disc

Patents

Hybrid Disc and Blu-ray Disc Portions of DVB-GEM Included

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 27 July 2006) – Responding to marketplace interest in accessing as much essential intellectual property as possible in a single license, MPEG LA, LLC today expanded its call for patents essential to the implementation of the Blu-ray DiscTM standard to include the Hybrid Blu-ray Disc format and portions of the DVB-GEM specification that pertain to BD-J referenced in Blu-ray Disc Read-Only Format, Part 3:

(1) Blu-ray Disc, Hybrid Format, Part 1: Basic Format Specifications, version 1.01 December 2005

(2) DVB-GEM [ETSI TS 102 819 V1.3.1 (2005-10) – Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Globally Executable MHP version 1.0.2 (GEM 1.0.2); A095: Errata (1) to Globally Executable MHP (TS 102 819 V1.3.1)] as referenced in Blu-ray Disc Read-Only Format, Part 3

Inclusion of these specifications is in addition to other Blu-ray DiscTM specifications encompassed by previous calls for patents issued by MPEG LA [see MPEG LA Expands Call for Blu-ray DiscTM Patents]. Patents essential to additional Blu-ray DiscTM specifications may be called for in the future.


First Meeting of Blu-ray Disc

Patent Holders Held

Progress Made, Input Welcomed in Creation of Joint Patent License

(Denver, Colorado USA – 20 July 2006) – MPEG LA announced today that the first meeting of essential Blu-ray DiscTM patent owners, consisting of 17 companies, was held in Los Angeles on July 6-7 for the purpose of creating a joint license providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to essential patents, as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Participating companies included CyberLink Corporation; Dell Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hitachi Ltd.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Pioneer Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; TDK Corporation; Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.; and Warner Home Video Inc.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Signing IPR Protection

Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese Partners

Beijing, China – April 27, 2006 – MPEG LA, LLC, the world leader in one-stop technology platform patent licenses, today signed an IPR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) during the China National Intellectual Property Rights Week 2006. Multiple negotiations, followed by the MOU signing, present a landmark achievement for MPEG LA’s cooperation with Chinese partners.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Shares IPR Licensing Model at China High-level Forum on IPR Protection 2006

MPEG LA One-Stop Model Is Key to Monetizing China’s IPR Assets, Strengthening China’s Economy and Increasing China’s Worldwide Competitiveness

Beijing, China – April 26, 2006 – Lawrence Horn, Manager and CEO of MPEG LA, LLC, the world leader in one-stop technology platform patent licenses, spoke at the China High-level Forum on IPR Protection 2006 in Beijing, sharing MPEG LA’s one-stop licensing model and worldwide experience. The forum is a key part of the China National Intellectual Property Rights Week 2006 campaign.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues MPEG-2 Systems Patent Portfolio License

License provides coverage for MPEG-2 Systems Standard in products without MPEG-2 video decoders or encoders

(Denver, Colorado, US – 19 April 2006) – MPEG LA today announced the availability of the MPEG-2 Systems Patent Portfolio License providing coverage for use of the MPEG-2 Systems Standard in products without MPEG-2 video encoders or decoders. The MPEG-2 Systems Standard (ISO documents IS 13818-1 (including annexes C, D, F, J and K)) defines how to format the various components of multimedia programs and combine them into a single program or transport bitstream. Currently included in the License are essential patents owned by Alcatel, GE Technology Development, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi, Philips, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Scientific Atlanta, and Thomson Licensing. Copies of the License can be requested here.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Expands Call for Blu-ray DiscTM Patents

Read-Only Audio Video Included

(Denver, Colorado, USA – April 5, 2006) – MPEG LA, LLC today expanded its call for patents essential to the implementation of the Blu-ray DiscTM Standard to include the System Description Blu-ray Disc Read-Only Format Part 3 Audio Visual Basic Specifications Version 1.0 (January 2006). MPEG LA’s plan for forming a joint patent portfolio license to provide users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to the Blu-ray DiscTM technology as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses was first announced in a 9 November 2005 news release [see MPEG LA Announces Plan for Blu-ray Disc™ Patent License]. The inclusion of the Read-Only Format Version 1, Part 3: Audio Visual Basic Specifications is in addition to the other parts of the standard earlier announced.


Second Meeting of ATSC Essential Patent Holders to be Held February 8

MPEG LA Call for Essential Patents Continues

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 24 January 2006) – MPEG LA today announced that the next meeting of ATSC essential patent holders will be held February 8 in New York City. The meeting is part of a continuing effort to address the market’s demonstrated need for a single license consisting of essential patents for the digital terrestrial television standard known as ATSC. ATSC, which has been adopted for the transmission and reception of digital television broadcast signals in the United States, incorporates the RF modulation format known as 8-VSB in addition to other technologies.

Full news release here


Period for Initial Blu-ray DiscTM Patent Submissions Extended

Initial Submissions Now Requested By February 15, 2006

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 01 December 2005) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it has extended until February 15, 2006 (from December 15, 2005) the period for the initial submission of patents to be evaluated by independent patent experts for their essentiality to the Blu-ray DiscTM Standard. MPEG LA’s plan for forming a joint patent portfolio license to provide users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to the Blu-ray DiscTM technology as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses was first announced in a 9 November 2005 news release [see MPEG LA Announces Plan for Blu-ray DiscTM Patent License]. The call for essential patents is the first step in that process.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues Expanded AVC Patent Portfolio License

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 15 November 2005) – MPEG LA, LLC today issued a revised AVC Patent Portfolio License expanding coverage to include the AVC Fidelity Range Extensions (FRExt/AVC), in addition to the other AVC/H.264 profiles currently included in the AVC/H.264 video standard (ITU-T Rec. H.264, March 2005). MPEG LA previously announced on January 27, 2005 that this expansion would be forthcoming (MPEG LA to Expand AVC Patent Portfolio License Coverage). The current royalty rates that apply to products which use one or more AVC profiles also apply to products that use FRExt/AVC.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Plan for Blu-ray DiscTM Patent License

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 9 November 2005) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology standards patent licensing, today issued a call for patents and patent applications that are essential to the Blu-ray DiscTM Standard.


Joint Patent License for ATSC Digital Television Technology Makes Progress

MPEG LA Holds First Patent Holders Meeting

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 18 July 2005) – MPEG LA convened a meeting of essential ATSC digital television patent holders in Chicago on June 28 to begin the process to determine joint licensing terms. Parties with patents determined by MPEG LA’s patent experts to be essential to the ATSC digital television standard (“standard”) were invited to participate.

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Open Office in Shanghai, PRC

New office will serve the emerging China market

(Denver, Colorado, US – 10 May 2005) – MPEG LA, which pioneered one-stop technology patent licensing services worldwide, today announced that MPEG LA (UK) Ltd. will open an office in Shanghai, PRC. The Shanghai office will establish an everyday presence that will allow MPEG LA not only to serve and build stronger relationships with its large and growing customer base in China but also to develop new relationships and new customers going forward. To this point MPEG LA has been ably assisted by Maryland Center China in Shanghai and will continue to call upon them for assistance.

Full news release here


OMA DRM Patent Holders Revise Terms of MPEG LA License

Final License Agreement to Issue Soon

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 12 April 2005) − MPEG LA announced today that the initial group of OMA DRM 1.0 essential patent holders have revised the terms of a joint patent portfolio license to be offered by MPEG LA for use of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DRM 1.0 specification. The group consists of ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., Intertrust Technologies Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., and Sony Corporation. The revisions are responsive to feedback from the market following MPEG LA’s announcement of proposed license terms on January 6, 2005 (MPEG LA Announces OMA DRM Patent License Terms). MPEG LA and the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License are not affiliated with the OMA; nor was the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License initiated by the OMA. Rather, the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License has been established by MPEG LA for the convenience of OMA DRM 1.0 adopters as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses with individual patent owners.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Opening of Tokyo Office

New branch will better serve customers in Asia

(Tokyo, Japan – 18 February 2005) – MPEG LA today officially opened its MPEG LA (UK) Ltd. Office in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo office is one more step towards MPEG LA providing customer service and liaison to MPEG LA’s many customers in Asia. MPEG LA pioneered one-stop technology patent licensing services worldwide and has a large current customer base in the Asia region.

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Expand AVC Patent Portfolio License Coverage

Royalty rates to remain the same

(Denver, Colorado, US – 27 January 2005) – In order to meet emerging marketplace needs, MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it plans to expand the AVC Patent Portfolio License to include coverage of AVC Fidelity Range Extensions (“FRExt/AVC”), which were recently added to the AVC/H.264 video standard (ISO/IEC IS14496-10). For the convenience of licensees, the current royalty rates provided under the AVC Patent Portfolio License would remain the same and would continue to apply whether one or more AVC profiles (including FRExt/AVC) is used. The amended license, expected to issue in March 2005, would cover both existing and future licensees.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues Revised License for DVB-T

Changes meet emerging market conditions

(Denver, Colorado, US – 24 January 2005) – MPEG LA, LLC announced today that it has issued a revised DVB-T Patent Portfolio License. The new License will provide uninterrupted coverage to current Licensees and coverage to new Licensees under patents that are essential to the DVB-T Standard (European Telecommunications Standardization Institute (“ETSI”) document ETS300744) adopted for use in digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Europe, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces OMA DRM Patent License Terms

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 6 January 2005) − MPEG LA announced today that an initial group of essential patent holders including ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., Intertrust Technologies Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., and Sony Corporation have reached tentative agreement on the terms of a joint patent portfolio license to be offered by MPEG LA for use of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DRM 1.0 specification. The companies were convened in response to MPEG LA’s call for essential patents [MPEG LA Issues DRM Reference Model 2.0, Calls for Essential Patents Covering OMA DRM 1.0 and Internet Music Distribution]. The proposed OMA DRM Patent Portfolio License is expected to cover products that use the OMA DRM 1.0 specification, as well as those which use both OMA DRM 1.0 and 2.0.


MPEG LA Announces Plan for DVB-H Patent License

Call for Essential Patents is First Step

(Denver, Colorado, USA − 22 December 2004) − MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology standards patent licensing, today issued a call for patents that are essential to the DVB-H standard, a specification of the DVB Project and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for carrying multimedia services over digital terrestrial broadcast networks to handheld terminals. The purpose of the call is to begin a process of evaluating and determining patents that are essential for the DVB-H Standard in order to include them in a joint patent portfolio license providing users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to this technology. A summary of the MPEG LA plan with reference to the DVB-H standard is attached. DVB-H builds on the (DVB Project/ETSI) DVB-T digital terrestrial television transmission standard for which MPEG LA already offers a patent portfolio license.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Plan for ATSC Patent License

Call for Essential Patents is First Step

(Denver, Colorado, USA − 22 December 2004) − MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology standards patent licensing, today issued a call for patents that are essential to the ATSC digital television standard, which has been adopted thus far in the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Argentina and Mexico. The purpose of the call is to begin a process of evaluating and determining patents that are essential for the ATSC Standard in order to include them in a joint patent portfolio license providing users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to this technology. A summary of the MPEG LA plan with reference to the ATSC standard is attached.

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Hold Seminar in China for CAIA Member Companies on October 21

(Chevy Chase, Maryland, US – 18 October 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC is pleased to announce that it will conduct a seminar “MPEG-2 Technology and China’s DVD Industry” for the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA) and its member companies on Thursday 21 October 2004 in Shanghai’s Jingjiang Grand Hall.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues Call for Essential Patents Covering OMA DRM 2.0

Updated DRM Reference Model 3.0 covers emerging mobile technology

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 23 September 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology platform patent licensing, today issued DRM Reference Model 3.0 specifically covering the Open Mobile Alliance’s OMA DRM 2.0 standard (“OMA DRM 2.0”) and a call for patents that are essential to DRM Reference Model v 3.0 including OMA DRM 2.0. DRM refers to digital rights management technology.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues Revised License for MPEG-4 Part 2 Visual

Changes meet emerging market conditions

(Denver, Colorado, US – 20 September 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC today issued the revised MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License for the MPEG-4 Visual (Part 2) Standard. The revisions were outlined in a press release in April 2004; the revised License retains many of the same terms as the old License but is simpler for both manufacturers and video providers to apply.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Issues DRM Reference Model 2.0, Calls for Essential Patents Covering OMA DRM 1.0 and Internet Music Distribution

Updated DRM Reference Model and call for patents to cover key emerging technologies

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 20 July 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology platform patent licensing, today issued DRM Reference Model 2.0, specifically covering the Open Mobile Alliance’s OMA DRM 1.0 standard (“OMA DRM 1.0”).


MPEG LA Releases AVC Patent Portfolio License

(Denver, Colorado, US – 15 July 2004) – MPEG LA today announced the availability of the AVC Patent Portfolio License. Copies of the License may be obtained at www.mpegla.com, “AVC”, “The License Agreement”.

Full news release here


Correction to May 18, 2004 News Release Titled “MPEG LA Announces Final AVC/H.264 License Terms”

(Denver, Colorado, US – 20 May 2004) – MPEG LA today issued a correction to its May 18, 2004 press release announcing final terms of license to be included in the AVC Patent Portfolio License MPEG LA Announces Final AVC/H.264 License Terms. The correction is to part 2 of the Attachment to the May 18, 2004 news release referring to Participation Fees (Where End User pays directly for AVC Video) for Subscription AVC Video. In the case of Subscription AVC Video, the 100,000 annual subscriber no-royalty threshold will not be limited to one legal entity in an affiliated group. The corrected Attachment is appended.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Revisions to License for MPEG-4 (Part 2) Visual

Alternative License to Issue

(Denver, Colorado, US – 29 April 2004) – MPEG LA, LLC announced today that patent holders to the MPEG-4 Visual (Part 2) Patent Portfolio License (“License”) have agreed on changes to the License to meet emerging market conditions. The MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License, which issued in November 2002, now has more than 115 Licensees representing a wide spectrum of users (see https://www.mpegla.com for a list of Licensees in good standing). Current Licensees will be given the option to retain their current License or elect the revised License. While retaining many of the same terms as the current License, the revised License, which is expected to issue this summer, will simplify application of the License for both manufacturers and video providers.


MPEG LA Announces Plan for Joint VC-9 Patent License

Call for Essential Patents is First Step

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 26 March 2004) MPEG LA, LLC today announced a plan for providing fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory worldwide access to patents that are essential to “Proposed Standard VC-9 Submitted to SMPTE Technology Committee C24” (2004-03-19), a/k/a “Proposed SMPTE Standard for Television: VC-9 Compressed Video Bitstream Format and Decoding Process,” as it may be amended (“VC-9 Specification”). A summary of the MPEG LA plan is attached. The first step calls for those with patents that they believe are essential to the VC-9 Specification to submit them for an evaluation of essentiality by independent patent experts. An initial group of patent holders whose patents are determined to be essential will be convened within 30-45 days to begin considering terms of a joint license, but the process will remain open and submissions will continue to be welcome.

Full news release here


Japan Broadcasters Adopt AVC/H.264 Video Coding for Mobile Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting

Accord Reached with MPEG LA on Patent Licensing Terms

Tokyo March 24–In a joint press conference with MPEG LA today, Japan broadcasters NHK, TBS, NTV, TV Asahi, Fuji TV and TV Tokyo announce their adoption of AVC/H.264 Video Coding for mobile segment digital terrestrial broadcasting. A basic agreement is also announced between the broadcasters and MPEG LA on royalties and other terms of license under essential patents owned by many parties to be offered as part of a joint license.

Full news release here


Joint Patent License for DRM Technology Makes Progress

MPEG LA Holds First Patent Holders Meeting

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 15 March 2004) MPEG LA, LLC convened a first meeting of essential digital rights management (DRM) patent holders in New York City on March 3 to consider terms of a joint patent license. DRM generally refers to technologies for managing and protecting the authorized use of digital content. Parties with patents determined by MPEG LA’s patent experts to be essential to DRM as described in DRM Reference Model v 1.0 were invited to participate in this initial meeting; other parties who submit patents found to be essential also will be invited to join.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Terms of Joint H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Patent License

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 17 November 2003) MPEG LA today announced that essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent and patent application holders have reached agreement on the terms of a joint patent license for implementation and use of ITU-T H.264 and MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC (“AVC Standard”).

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Plan for Joint Patent License for DRM Technology

DRM Reference Model and Call for Essential DRM Patents Represent First Step

(Denver, Colorado, USA, 2 October 2003) MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in one-stop technology platform patent licensing, today issued a call for patents that are essential to digital rights management technology (DRM) as described in DRM Reference Model v 1.0. DRM refers to technologies for managing the authorized use of digital content. The purpose of the DRM Reference Model is to begin a process of evaluating and determining patents that are essential for DRM in order to provide users with convenient, fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to a portfolio of essential worldwide patent rights under a single license. DRM products and services are emerging. By providing the foundation for a patent portfolio license, the DRM Model will offer the marketplace the ability to make available these new and innovative products and services whose development and deployment might otherwise be inhibited. A patent portfolio license will accelerate market development by providing ready access to the essential technology; it also will be of assistance to DRM standards initiatives. A summary of the MPEG LA plan is in Attachment 1.

Full news release here


Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Continues to Advance

MPEG LA and Essential Intellectual Property Owners to Meet Twice in September

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 11 September 2003) MPEG LA and essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent and patent application holders met again on July 31-August 1 in New York City. Progress continues to be made on the framework of a joint patent license, and the group remains committed to reaching agreement on joint license terms during the fourth quarter 2003. The group will meet by telephone in mid-September and again in Tokyo on September 30-October 1.

Full news release here


Development of Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Makes Progress

Meeting of Essential Patent Holders Convened by MPEG LA Puts License on Fast Track

(Denver, Colorado, USA – 7 July 2003) MPEG LA convened a meeting of essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent and patent application holders in Washington, DC on June 23 and June 24 to begin the process of determining joint licensing terms. Parties with patents or patent applications determined by MPEG LA’s patent experts to be essential to the H.264/AVC standard (“standard”) were invited to participate.

Full news release here


First Meeting of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Essential Patent Holders to be Held June 23-24

MPEG LA Also Welcomes the Submission of Essential Patent Applications

(Denver, Colorado, US – 13 June 2003) – MPEG LA today announced that it will convene the first meeting of essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent holders on June 23-24, 2003, to begin the process of determining joint licensing terms and the selection of a licensing administrator in order to make this technology easily accessible to all users. Patents were submitted by 18 parties for a determination of essentiality to the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard [ITU-T Recommendation H.264 (H.264), Geneva May 2003, and Final Draft International Standard of ISO/IEC 14496-10 (MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC), Pattaya March 2003], and independent patent experts have determined that at least 16 own essential patents, with evaluations still under way.

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Hold MPEG-4 License Information Session at Hyatt Regency O’Hare on March 27

(Denver, Colorado, US – 14 March 2003) – On Thursday March 27, 2003, MPEG LA will hold a public information session for all interested parties on the MPEG-4 Visual and Systems Patent Portfolio Licenses at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare (O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL, http://ohare.hyatt.com/property/index.jhtml).

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Hold MPEG-4 License Information Meeting at Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre on 19 March

(Denver, Colorado, US – 5 March 2003) – On Wednesday 19 March 2003, MPEG LA will hold a public information meeting concerning the MPEG-4 Visual and Systems Patent Portfolio Licenses in Amsterdam, The Netherlands at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre (www.amsterdam-citycentre.crowneplaza.com)

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Hold MPEG-4 License Information Meeting at Shilla Seoul on 12 February

(Denver, Colorado, US – 5 February 2003) – On Wednesday 12 February 2003, MPEG LA will hold a public information meeting concerning the MPEG-4 Visual and Systems Patent Portfolio Licenses in the Ruby Room of the Shilla Seoul.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Releases MPEG-4 Systems Patent Portfolio License

(Denver, Colorado, US – 4 February 2003) – MPEG LA today announced the availability of the MPEG-4 Systems Patent Portfolio License.

Full news release here


MPEG LA to Hold MPEG-4 License Information Meeting at Hotel Okura Tokyo on 10 February

(Denver, Colorado, US – 30 January 2003) – On Monday 10 February 2003, MPEG LA will hold a public information meeting concerning the MPEG-4 Visual and Systems Patent Portfolio Licenses in the Maple Room of the Hotel Okura Tokyo.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Extends Call for Initial Submission of Essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Patents

Initial Submissions Now Requested By April 4, 2003

(Denver, Colorado, US – 24 January 2003) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it has extended until April 4, 2003, the initial period during which patent holders who believe they own patents that are essential to the proposed JVT/AVC Standard may submit them for an evaluation of essentiality by independent patent experts for the purpose of forming a joint AVC Patent Portfolio License.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Releases MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License

(Denver, Colorado, US – 25 November 2002) – MPEG LA today announced the availability of the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License. Copies of the License may be obtained at www.mpegla.com, “MPEG-4 Visual,” “The License Agreement,” by telephone +1-301-986-6660 ext. 208 or email mpeters@mpegla.com. For more information, see “MPEG-4 Visual” at www.mpegla.com.

Full news release here


MPEG LA Extends Call for Initial Submission of Essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Patents

Initial Submissions Requested By January 31, 2003

(Denver, Colorado, US – 29 October 2002) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it has extended until January 31, 2003, the initial period during which patent holders who believe they own patents that are essential to the proposed JVT/AVC Standard may submit them for an evaluation of essentiality by independent patent experts for the purpose of forming a joint AVC Patent Portfolio License. MPEG LA first announced an initial call for patent submissions in a news release dated 11 September 2002 [see MPEG LA Extends Call for Initial Submission of Essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Patents ].

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces Plan for Licensing of Essential H.264 JVT/MPEG-4 AVC Patents

Call for Submission of Patents for Evaluation by Independent Patent Experts is First Step

(Denver, Colorado, US – 11 September 2002) – MPEG LA, LLC makes the following worldwide announcement of a plan aimed at providing fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory worldwide access under a single license to patents that are essential for implementing the digital video compression standard to be known as ITU-T H.264 and ISO/IEC 14496-10 (“Proposed JVT/AVC Standard”). The first step in the plan calls for those with patents that they believe are essential to the Proposed JVT/AVC Standard (as more specifically described below) to submit them for an evaluation of essentiality by independent patent experts.

Full news release here


Final Terms of MPEG-4 Visual and Systems Patent Portfolio Licenses Decided

License Agreements to Issue in September

(Denver, Colorado, US – 15 July 2002) – MPEG LA and patent holders to the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License, MPEG-4 Systems (without MPEG-J) Patent Portfolio License and MPEG-J Patent Portfolio License reached agreement on final licensing terms following their meetings in San Francisco on June 25 – 26, 2002. In the interest of one-stop convenience, users will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a license under patents that are essential for any or all of these standards. The official licenses are scheduled to issue in September.

Full news release here


MPEG-4 Visual Essential Patent Holders Meet to Discuss Licensing Terms

(Denver, Colorado, US – 24 April 2002) – MPEG LA and patent holders to the proposed MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License met on April 18 and 19 in New York City. They continue to discuss licensing terms and consider the constructive views, interests and concerns of prospective licensees.

Full news release here


Statement Concerning MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License

(Denver, Colorado, US – 28 March 2002) – MPEG LA, LLC today issued the following statement regarding the status of the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License: On January 31, 2002, MPEG LA announced that it will offer fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to patents (owned by 18 companies) that are essential to the MPEG-4 Visual (Simple and Core) digital compression standard under a single license to be known as the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License and provided an initial overview of the proposed license terms. The actual license agreement is still in development, however, and all terms are subject to change.

Full news release here


Terms of MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License Announced

(Denver, Colorado, US – 31 January 2002) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it will offer fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory, worldwide access to patents that are essential to the MPEG-4 Visual (Simple and Core) digital compression standard under a single license to be known as the MPEG-4 (Visual) Patent Portfolio License (“License”).

Full news release here


MPEG LA Announces M4IF Plan for Joint Licensing of Essential MPEG-4 Patents

(Denver, Colorado, US-14 November 2001) – The MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF) has recommended that MPEG LA, LLC make the following worldwide announcement:

In furtherance of its plan aimed at providing fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory worldwide access under one license to patents that are essential for implementing the international MPEG-4 Visual Standard, the MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF) has recommended that MPEG LA, LLC, in its role as Evaluation Administrator, call for the submission of patents for evaluation of their essentiality to additional MPEG-4 Visual Standard profiles, specifically Simple Scalable, Advanced Simple, and Fine Granularity Scalable.

Full news release here


MPEG-4 Visual Essential Patent Holders Report Substantial Progress Toward a Joint License

(Denver, Colorado, US – 3 July 2001) – MPEG LA, LLC, which operates as facilitator for an initial group of 19 essential patent holders calling itself the M4VisualPHG, reports that substantial progress was made toward the creation of a joint MPEG-4 Visual (Simple and Core profiles) patent license at the group’s meeting in San Jose, California on June 19 and 20.

Full news release here


DVB-T Joint Patent Licensing Program to Begin

(Denver, CO US-July 3, 2001) MPEG LA today announced the commencement of a new licensing program, DVB LASM, for the joint licensing of patents essential to the terrestrial digital television standard known as DVB-T.

Full news release here


MPEG LA® Announces M4IF Plan for Licensing of Essential MPEG-4 Systems Patents

This article may be found here .

Full news release here


“MPEG LA® Announces M4IF Plan for Joint Licensing of Essential MPEG-4 Patents”

This article may be found here .

Full news release here


“MPEG LA® Hails 200th Licensee; Digital Video Set-Top Box and Consumer Electronics Products Covered Worldwide”

This article by Business Wire’s Business Editors, Technology Writers may be found here .

Full news release here


Piggybacking on the creation of a successful patent pool for MPEG-2 video and its oversight by a licensing body,

a spinoff of the MPEG LA® licensing group, called 1394la, has taken on a similar challenge of implementing a joint licensing program for patents essential to the IEEE 1394 digital interface.

The entire article, “Group formed to oversee 1394 patent licensing” by Junko Yoshida may be found here .


An article appearing June 30, 1997 in The New York Times (by Sabra Chartrand) reports

the Federal Justice Department’s allowance of a consortium of eight companies and one university to unify administration of 27 MPEG-2 patents.

According to Bill Brooks, spokesman for the Justice Department, “It’s the first statement we have made on patent pooling. . . definitely a first in recent history, and likely a first on patent pooling.”


An article appearing July 14, 1997 in Multimedia Week reports

DVD manufacturers will have to pay MPEG-2 royalties if patent pool’s claims set forth by the MPEG licensing Administrator LLC (LA) are enforced by any of the companies participating in the patent pool.

Ken Rubenstein, lead attorney for MPEG LA®, said the company would not take legal action against manufacturers who “choose not to take a license” but acknowledge that individual patent holders might. “We’re not going to sue anybody for patent infringements if they don’t pay,” he said. “Companies will have to decide if they want to go unlicensed and take the risk inherent in that. MPEG LA® as an individual entity won’t be that heavy.” MPEG LA represents Columbia University and nine companies laying claim to 29 essential patents covering MPEG-2 video. Rubenstein said those companies hold about 80 percent of the essential MPEG-2 patents but acknowledge that other patents might be added to the pool at a later date. He said Lucent Technologies Inc. (LU) is considering joining the patent pool. MPEG LA® hopes to get Toshiba and Samsung on board as well, bringing the total number of patents in the pool to 33.


An article appearing July 7, 1997 in Consumer Electronics reported the Justice Department (DOJ) gave antitrust clearance to one-stop shopping patent MPEG-2 licensing pool proposed by a group of 8 companies and Columbia University.

The patents will be licensed in a single package, administered by the US-based agency MPEG LA®. Besides Columbia, patent pool participants include Fujitsu, General Instrument, Lucent Technologies, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Philips, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony. A DOJ spokesman said using an independent expert “will help ensure that the portfolio will contain only patents that are truly essential to the MPEG-2 standard, weeding out patents that are competitive alternatives to each other.”