ATSC 3.0

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Q: What does the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License cover?
A: The ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for the ATSC 3.0 Standard to the extent posted here.

Q: Who are the essential patent holders (“Licensors”) to the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License?
A: Click here.

Q: What are the obligations of the Licensors with regard to their essential ATSC 3.0 Essential patents?
A: Each Licensor is under an obligation to grant to MPEG LA a worldwide, nonexclusive license under all ATSC 3.0 Essential Patents that it and its Affiliates presently or in the future have the right to license or sublicense, enabling MPEG LA to grant worldwide, nonexclusive sublicenses under terms of the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License.

Q: What is the effect on Licensees when new patents are added to the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License?
A: The royalties payable under the License do not increase or decrease because of an increase or decrease in the number of ATSC 3.0 Essential Patents or because of an increase or decrease in the prices of a Licensee’s ATSC 3.0 Royalty Products.  Rather, they are the value of a license granted under the Patent Portfolio taking into consideration the commercial intention of the Licensors to facilitate adoption of the ATSC 3.0 Standard and make available a pool license in which royalties are the same whether one or more patents is used.  New Licensors and new patents are added at no additional cost during the current Term of the License.

Q: Are all ATSC 3.0 essential patents included?
A: While Licensors are under an obligation to grant to MPEG LA a worldwide, nonexclusive license under all ATSC 3.0 Essential Patents that it and its Affiliates presently or in the future have the right to license or sublicense, enabling MPEG LA to grant worldwide, nonexclusive sublicenses under terms of the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License, no assurance is or can be made that the License includes every essential patent. The purpose of the License is to offer a convenient licensing alternative to everyone on the same terms and to include as much essential intellectual property as possible for their convenience. Participation in the License is voluntary on the part of essential patent holders, however.

Q: How may a patent holder become a Licensor to the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License?
A: Any party that believes it has patents which are essential to the ATSC 3.0 Standard, and wishes to participate in the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License upon successful evaluation, is invited to submit them for evaluation and inclusion. Click here to request a copy of the terms and procedures governing the patent submission process.

Q: How many licenses does an ATSC 3.0 user need?
A: It is up to each user to determine its own licensing needs and how it wishes to meet them. The ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License is provided for a user’s convenience in acquiring patent rights necessary for the ATSC 3.0 Standard from multiple essential patent holders in a single transaction as an alternative to negotiating separate license agreements with individual Licensors. Users are free to negotiate directly with one or more Licensors for a separate license under one or more Essential Patents under independently negotiated terms, however. In addition, as discussed above, users who take MPEG LA’s license may have to negotiate licenses for essential patents that are not included. A license also may be necessary for other important patents (that are not essential to the ATSC 3.0 standard).

Q: How is the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License organized?
A. Click here for information.

Q: What are the royalties for the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License?
A: Royalties apply as defined in the License. Click here for information.