Licensing

Introduction

Welcome to the DVD-Video/ROM player joint 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 DVD-Video players and want to ensure that you are buying licensed products, please visit our special buyer page.

 

DVD-Video / ROM Player Patent License

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD players. A joint license provides DVD player manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony, Pioneer and LGE patents in a package. Please note that separate licenses are also offered by Sony, Pioneer and LGE under their respective patents. For information on the conditions of these separate licenses, please contact these other parties directly.

Philips offers a Philips-only license that covers the Philips patents for DVD-Video/ROM players. For full details, click DVD Video/ROM Player (Philips only)

For the dedicated Sony License Program see : http://www.sony.net/license/

 

Licensing policy

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

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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 joint DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony, Pioneer and LGE. 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 will require payment of royalties for patents where any of these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.


DVD player licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the DVD-Video Player and the DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, we do not require payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.
Reference copies of the current version of the Philips DVD Video/ROM Player Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.


The DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement is offered in conjunction with separate patent license agreements for the use of the AC-3 and DTS technologies as well as MPEG-Audio in the manufacture of DVD-Video players.

Please note that neither the MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement nor the DVD Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement, grants the licensee any right to use the MPEG Audio patents for decoding MPEG Audio Layer III files (commonly referred to as "MP3 files").

A license for the use of the MPEG Audio Patents in DVD Players to decode MPEG Audio Layer III files is available from Sisvel S.p.A. (www.sisvel.it) and Audio MPEG, Inc. (www.audiompeg.com

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for DVD-Video/ROM players.

DVD-Video/ROM Player Patent lists 
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

DVD-ROM Player Patent Lists

Annex A1 – Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-ROM player

Essentiality Report of EP Patents mentioned in Annex A1 to the DVD Video Player and DVD ROM Player Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack : Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-ROM Players

Essentiality Report of US Patents mentioned in Annex A1 to the DVD Video Player and DVD ROM Player Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-ROM Players

Annex A1 – Essential Sony's Patents relevant to DVD-ROM player

Annex A1 – Essential Pioneer's Patents relevant to DVD-ROM player

Annex A1 – Essential LGE's Patents relevant to DVD-ROM player


DVD-Video Player Patent Lists

Annex A2 – Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-Video player

Essentiality Report of EP Patents mentioned in Annex A2 to the DVD Video Player and DVD ROM Player Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-Video Players

Essentiality Report of US Patents mentioned in Annex A2 to the DVD Video Player and DVD ROM Player Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to DVD-Video Players

Annex A2 – Essential Sony's Patents relevant to DVD-Video player

Annex A2 – Essential Pioneer's Patents relevant to DVD-Video player

Annex A2 – Essential LGE's Patents relevant to DVD-Video player

AC-3

Annex A – Essential Philips, IRT, France Telecom Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player – AC-3 audio

Essentiality Report of EP Patents mentioned in Annex A to the Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack: Essential Philips', France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player - AC-3 Audio

Essentiality Report of US Patents mentioned in Annex A to the Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips, France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player - AC-3 Audio

DTS

Annex A – Essential Philips, IRT, France Telecom Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player – DTS

Essentiality Report of EP Patents mentioned in Annex A to the Patent License Agreement for the use of DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack: Essential Philips, France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player – DTS is pending

Essentiality Report of US Patents mentioned in Annex A to the Patent License Agreement for the use of DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips, France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player – DTS

 

MPEG

Annex A – Essential Philips, IRT, France Telecom Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player – MPEG Audio

Essentiality Report of EP Patents mentioned in Annex A to the MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack: Essential Philips, France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player - MPEG Audio

Essentiality Report of US Patents mentioned in Annex A to the MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips, France Telecom and IRT Patents relevant to DVD-Video Player - MPEG Audio

+ link to change history of patent lists

 

Agreements
Reference copies of current version of the DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement, and the AC-3, DTS and MPEG-Audio patent license agreements. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A


DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer/LGE) - USA


+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer/LGE) - Rest of the World



These versions are intended for licensees that switch from the 3C agreement to the 4C agreement

DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A


DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer/LGE) - USA

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

DVD-Video and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer/LGE) - Rest of the World

 

AC-3
Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players

+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A.

Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD Players (Philips/IRT/France Telecom) – U.S.A

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD Players (Philips/IRT/France Telecom) - Rest of the World

 

DTS
Patent License Agreement for the use of DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players

+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A.

Patent License Agreement for the use of the DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players – U.S.A

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

Patent License Agreement for the use of the DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video Players - Rest of the World
 


MPEG
MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement

+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A. / Rest of the World

MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement (Philips/IRT/France Telecom) – U.S.A / Rest of the World



Letter Agreement :

Letter Agreement to the DVD Video/ROM Player Patent License Agreement - USA/ROW -

 

NOTE :
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines, Manufacturing Equipment list and Side Letters go to section Annexes
 

Pricing Information

The royalty rate is determined by two key factors:

1) Functionality of the product.
A regular DVD player plays DVD-Video, CD Audio, Video CD and has Surround Sound. This means that more than one patent license is required for such a product.

2) 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.

Example:
Regular DVD-Video Player
JOINT Standard rate JOINT Compliant
reward rate
DVD-Video Functionality  2.50 USD 1.75 USD
Video CD Functionality 1.25 USD 0.75 USD
AC-3 (>= 3 channels) 0.60 USD 0.60 USD
Sum 4.35 USD 3.10 USD


Please 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

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section

FAQ

Are you a buyer?

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Who owns and licenses the DVD Video and the DVD-ROM logo?

The DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC) owns the DVD specifications and associated DVD logos.

The DVD format and Logo License, which defines the conditions under which the DVD specifications (excluding DVD+RW and DVD+R) and associated DVD logos can be used is handled by the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC). Patent licenses are explicitly excluded from this license. Specifications and logo use for the DVD+RW and DVD+R formats are handled by Philips.

For more information on DVD specification and logo use (excluding DVD+RW and DVD+R) contact: DVD FLLC, Daimon Urbanist Bldg. 6F, 2-3-6 Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012, Japan; Tel: +81-3-5777-2883; Fax: +81-3-5777-2884

For more information on DVD+RW and DVD+R specification and logo use:See other sections on this website for details or Contact Us
 


What other parties or companies have a licensing program for DVD?

This question is asked frequently and below we give an overview, after stating that this is by no means a comprehensive overview.

 

6C DVD player and disc licensing

The licensing program of originally 6 companies (hence 6C) which has grown to 9 companies: Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. and since November 2006 Samsung Electronics Co.

For information visit: www.dvd6cla.com or contact: TOSHIBA CORPORATION, DVD Business Promotion and Support, 1-1, Shibaura 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-01, JAPAN, Fax +81-3-5444-9430, Tel +81-3-3457-2473 or one of the other companies concerned.

 

Discovision DVD player and disc licensing

DISCOVISION ASSOCIATES have their own patent license programs. Their website: www.discovision.com 

 

Thomson (or 1C) DVD player and disc Licensing

THOMSON MULTIMEDIA has announced its DVD-ROM and DVD-Video patent license programs. The contact: Alfred Chaouat, Vice President Intellectual Property and Licensing, 46 Quai Alphonse Le Gallo 92648 Boulogne Cedex FRANCE Fax +33-1-4186-5637 Tel +33-1-4186-5284 e-mail alfred.chaouat@thomson.net

 

Macrovision DVD analog copy protection licensing

A DVD analog copy protection (encoder) system license from MACROVISION CORPORATION (USA). Product certification is mandatory (applicable for DVD player and DVD disc manufacturers only, but not restricted to these categories). Their website: www.macrovision.com

 

DVD Content Scrambling (CSS) Licensing

DVD Content Scrambling System (CSS) applicable for DVD player and DVD disc manufacturers but not restricted to these categories. Their website: www.dvdcca.com 
 


MPEG-LA MPEG-2 Video licensing

A joint license program of a number of companies, including PHILIPS, holding essential MPEG-2 Video patents has been negotiated successfully in the MPEG Intellectual Property Rights Working Group. The MPEG Licensing Agency MPEG-2 is appointed to license the essential patents. (applicable for DVD player and DVD disc manufacturers but not restricted to these categories) Their website: www.mpegla.com
 


Dolby Digital (AC-3) licensing

A Dolby Digital (AC-3) license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (USA). Product certification is mandatory (optionally for DVD player manufacturers, but not restricted to this category). Their website: www.dolby.com/professional/licensing_trademark/basics.html

note: Other companies, including Philips, also have patents related to the AC-3 technology. See the DVD Player and DVD Disc programs

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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.

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