Welcome to the CD-RW Recorder Philips only licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.
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CD-RW Disc Patent License Philips only
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of CD-RW recorders. Our license provides CD-RW recorder 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, Ricoh and Yamaha. For details, click CD-RW Recorder joint
To download the document, please provide the following information.
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-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips. A worldwide list of the essential patents, together with applicable expiry dates is attached to the agreement. Under the terms of the 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-RW Recorder licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the CD-RW Recorder 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-RW Recorder 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-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement.
CD-RW Recorder Patent lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW part
Annex A1 Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW part
CD-RW Recorder / CD General part
Annex A2 Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-General Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW/-R audio part
Annex A3 Essential PH patents relevant to the CD-RW recorder / CD-R/RW Audio recording Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-Text part
Annex A4 Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-Text part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-ROM part
Annex A5 Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-ROM Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-R part
Annex A6 Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW recorder / CD-R part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW High Speed part
Annex A-HS Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW recorder / CD-RW High Speed Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Ultra Speed part
Annex A-US Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Ultra Speed Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Multi Speed part
Annex A-MS Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW recorder / CD-R Multi Speed Part
CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW High Capacity part
Annex A-HC Essential PH patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder/CD-R High Capacity part
+ Link to change history of patent lists
Reference copies of current version of the CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
These versions are intended for prospective licensees:
CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement (Philips only)
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
Philips CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement - USA -
+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World
Philips CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World –
CD-RW Recorder Letter Agreement for patent and non-patent countries
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines and Side Letters go to section Annexes
Royalty Reporting Form
Annex B1 : The Royalty Reporting Form
Annex B1 : The Royalty Reporting Form - past use -
Annex B2 : Audit Guidelines - UK –
Annex B2 : Audit Guidelines - Rest of the World -
Side Letter CD-R Multi Speed
Side Letter CD-R High Capacity
Side Letter CD-RW High Speed
Side Letter CD-RW Ultra Speed
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
|5.00 USD||3.50 USD|
The CD-RW Recorder functionality is often combined with other functionalities in a PC-Drive or Recorder. Contact us for Combination royalty rates.
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
. Ordering specifications
. Ordering Information Agreements
For more information go to the Ordering & Services section
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