Welcome to the CD Player Philips only licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.

If you are a buyer of CD Players and want to ensure that you are buying licensed products, please visit our special buyer page.

CD Player Patent License (Philips only)
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of CD players. Our license provides CD player manufacturers with all the required Philips patents in a package.
Please note that in addition to the essential patents of Philips, other parties may own patents relevant for the system concerned. These patents are NOT included in this license agreement. For information on the conditions of these licenses, please contact these other parties directly.

Philips offers a joint license that also covers essential patents of Sony. For details, click CD Player joint


Licensing policy

Philips has a general licensing policy for CD, DVD and BD related products.


Download request

To download the document, please provide the following information.


Detailed Description

The detailed terms and conditions of the licensing program are described in the patent license agreement that you can find in the patents/agreements section.

Some important information:
The Philips only CD Player Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips relating to the CD-Audio system, the CD-ROM system and the CD Extra system. A worldwide list of the essential patents, together with applicable expiry dates is attached to the agreement. Under the terms of this standard license agreement we only require payment of royalties of patents where any of these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.

CD player licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the CD Player Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, Philips shall not require the payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.

Reference copies of the current version of the Philips CD Player Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant Annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for the CD Player Patent License Agreement.

CD Player Patent lists 
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file. 

CD player/CD-Audio Part

Exhibit E1 - CD-Player/CD-Audio part

CD player/CD-ROM Part

Exhibit E2 -  CD-Player/CD-ROM part

CD player/CD-text Part

Exhibit E3 - CD-Player/CD-Text part

CD player/CD-non-essentials Part
Note : Exhibit E4; the last patent on this list has expired on August 30th, 2005. For past liability, see old patent lists under : "link to change history of patent lists" below.  


+ Link to change history of patent lists

Reference copies of the current version of the CD Player Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF-file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

CD Player Patent License Agreement (Philips only)
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A

Philips CD Player Patent License Agreement - USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

Philips CD Player Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World -

To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines and Side Letters go to section Annexes


Royalty Reporting Form

Exhibit C2 : The Royalty Reporting Form

Audit Guidelines

Exhibit C1 : Audit Guidelines

Pricing Information

The royalty rate is determined by one key factor:

1) Status of the licensee
If the company fulfills certain conditions, such as complete, true and accurate reporting and timely payment, reward rates are available. Otherwise the standard rate applies.

Note of caution
Compliance reward royalty rates are only made available to licensees who are in FULL compliance with their obligations under the license agreement.


  ONLY Standard rate ONLY Compliant
reward rate
1.5 % of Net selling
price + fixed fee

Note: In the event of any discrepancy in respect of the above information with relevant license agreements, the license agreements shall prevail. All terms and conditions will be subject to relevant license agreements.

Overview of royalty rates for all formats
+ link to overview of royalty rates for all formats

Services / Information

Ordering & Services: We provide a number of services for optical disc and drive manufacturers. These include:
· Physical and logical verification
· Specification documents
· Test discs
· Tools

. Ordering specifications
. Ordering Information Agreements

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section



Are you a buyer?
Please visit our special buyer page.

Information and contact

General Licensing information

This document explains our main principles for administering licensing programs related to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc. This document is for information purposes only.

For any other questions, please contact us

Contact us


Contact us

Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.