The Philips TV & STB (Set-Top Box) patent licensing program grants companies access to a broad range of technologies used in today’s television receivers and TV display devices such as TVs, media-receivers, and cable, satellite, terrestrial or IP set-top boxes. The Philips TV & STB patent portfolio comprises some 150 patents.

This portfolio includes both standard-essential and non-standard-essential patents. The patent families in this portfolio mostly consist of patents that are valid in in the main countries in Europe, USA and Asia.

The TV & STB patent licensing program was introduced in 2008 and since then Philips has licensed its TV& STB patent portfolio to many TV and STB manufactures, including all the top brands worldwide.

Companies that wish to use these technologies for their TVs and STBs can obtain a patent license from Philips on standard terms under the patents in the TV & STB portfolio with a legal release for past sales.

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The technologies for which Philips patents are licensed in this program are:

  • Audio/video technologies excluding codecs as licensed through technology standard pools
  • Broadcast & interactive TV technologies
  • Content protection technologies
  • Streaming content & services
  • In home networking technologies
  • TV backlight & dimming
  • Specific hardware solutions
  • User interface technologies
  • EPG & Content Search
  • Advertisement technologies

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Philips offers several license options under the TV& STB patent licensing program.

One option offered by Philips is a blended rate for SEP and non-SEP, with different royalty rates applicable to specific product categories such as: basic broadcast STB/TV, streaming video enabled STB/TV and 4k UHD STB/TV (these rates can differ per manufacturing and/or sales region). The license agreement identifies a Standard Rate and a Compliance Rate. The Compliance Rate is only available upon timely payment of royalties each calendar quarter and full compliance with the terms of the Blended Rate Agreement. The Standard Rate applicable for a Basic TV is 0.50 Euro, the Standard Rate for streaming video enabled TV 1.00 Euro and the Standard Rate for a 4k UHD TV is 1.25 Euro (pricing from Jan 1. 2017).

Another option offered by Philips is a license with a blended  royalty rate for individual technology clusters only. This Discrete Rate agreement incorporates a feature-by-product royalty calculation based on the technology features applied in the product. Each feature set has a corresponding royalty rate. The total royalty for each product is the sum of the royalties for the feature set as used in the country of manufacture or sale. This calculation method requires discussion with your Philips contact for each new or revised product falling within the scope of the definitions in the Agreement.
(see table below)

At request, Philips can also offers a license for Standard Essential Patents (SEP), and non-SEP separately from each other.

Royalties for this program are in Euro and the rates can differ per Territory. The standard royalty rates are flat per unit and to be paid based on quarterly volumes sold.

Name Price EU Price US
Broadcast   €       0.35   -
Interactive TV   €       0.25    -
Audio  - $       0.13
InHome Networking  €       0.40 $       0.45
Authentication  €       0.25  $       0.30
DRM  €       0.18 $       0.18
TV Backlight & Dimming   €       0.35 $       0.58
Hardware   - $       0.30
SW Upgrade €       0.13  -
User Interface  €       0.30 $       0.25
Streaming & Services   -   $       0.30
EPG Content Search €       0.30  $       0.30
Local Ad Replacement €       0.85 $       0.85
Multi-angle Video €       0.30 $       0.30
RF remote €       0.13 $       0.13
WiFi –n €       0.13 $       0.05


Becoming a Licensee

Respecting Intellectual Property Rights of others and offering licensed products to your customers is a meaningful way to secure business and growths and will strengthen the industry and your business for the long term.

If you identified that one of the technologies under section 2 is used by your products, as a manufacturer or brand owner of TVs and/or STBs you will likely/potentially need a patent license from Philips for the legitimate use of our patented technologies.  Philips IP specialists operate globally and can clarify the technical scope of the patents, present claim-charts and discuss business arrangements.

We recommend the following steps:

1. Express your interest in a license for the TV & STB program and request a meeting with a Philips IP licensing representative

2. Evaluate Philips TV& STB patent portfolio
    Based on the material presented by Philips, and your knowledge of your products, you will need to evaluate the relevance of the patent portfolio for your products.

3. Conclude a license agreement.
   Identify which of the available license agreements will fit best with the requirements of your business. Philips can clarify and discuss the terms & conditions of the license agreement as required.


Q: How is Past use taken into account?
A: Past Use is calculated based on the volumes sold before the effective date of the TV/STB license agreement and is payable in a lump-sum.

Q: What is a blended rate?
A: A blended rate is a flat rate for all products and patents under this licensing program. It provides for easy reporting without the need to supply detailed information about products sold.

Q: Which companies are already licensed?
A: Philips has licensed its TV& STB patent portfolio to many TV and STB manufactures, including all the top brands worldwide.

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