MPEG LA, LLC announced today that a group of 25 companies have agreed on
HEVC license terms expected to issue as part of an HEVC Patent Portfolio
License in early 2014. A summary is attached. Final agreements are yet
to be concluded.
High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part
2) is a standard designed to improve video coding efficiency for the
benefit of Internet and mobile service providers and consumers with
increased speed and capacity. HEVC is also expected to deliver next
generation higher resolution HDTV video displays for 4K and 8K Ultra
High Definition TV ("UHDTV").
"As contemplated, the HEVC license will utilize a modern streamlined
pool licensing approach with simple easy-to-understand terms making the
technology readily accessible to the largest possible market in the
shortest possible time," said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn.
"MPEG LA salutes the cooperation of patent owners who have worked hard
to reach common ground in making a joint patent license available for
the convenience of HEVC adopters. As a result of their efforts,
consumers benefiting from a marketplace of competitive technology
choices will be the clear winners."
As work continues on evaluating patents for essentiality and concluding
terms in final agreements, the license is currently supported by 25
prospective HEVC essential patent holders including the following:
Additional patent holders who are participating in the facilitation
process also may be included, and others are welcome to join.
In its effort to include as much essential intellectual property as
possible in one license for the benefit of the marketplace, MPEG LA
continues to welcome the submission of issued patents for an evaluation
of their essentiality to the HEVC Standard (defined in ISO/IEC 23008-2
MPEG-H Part 2 and ITU-T Recommendation H.265). Any party that believes
it has patents that are essential to the HEVC Standard and wishes to
join the HEVC Patent Portfolio License is invited to submit them for
evaluation by MPEG LA's patent evaluators. The terms and procedures
governing patent submissions may be requested at http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/HEVC/default.aspx.
MPEG LA, LLC
MPEG LA is the world leader in alternative technology licenses. By
assisting users with convenient access to patent rights for their
technology choices, MPEG LA offers licensing solutions that create
opportunities for wide adoption and fuel innovation. MPEG LA's
pioneering MPEG-2 licensing program helped produce the most widely
employed standard in consumer electronics history and has become the
template for addressing numerous other technologies. Today MPEG LA
manages licensing programs consisting of 8500 patents in 74 countries
with 162 licensors and some 5800 licensees. For more information, please
refer to http://www.mpegla.com.
The following summary of licensing terms is provided for informational
purposes only and is subject to possible modification. It is not an
offer to license. The HEVC Patent Portfolio License scheduled to be
available in early 2014 will provide the actual terms of license on
which users may rely.
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