Licensing

Introduction

Welcome to the DVD-Video/ROM 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 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 (Philips only)
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD players. Our license provides DVD 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, Pioneer and LGE. For full details, click DVD Video/ROM Player joint

 

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 Philips only DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player 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.


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, Philips shall not require the 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 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 List
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

DVD-Video Player Patent List
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

AC-3
Annex A Essential Philips' 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' 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' 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 the current version of the Philips DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement as well as 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 US

Philips DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement - USA

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the world
Philips DVD-Video Player and DVD-ROM Player Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World

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

+ Manufacturer located in US
Philips Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD Players - USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the world
Philips Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD Players - Rest of the World -

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

+ Manufacturer located in US
Philips Patent License Agreement for the use of the DTS technology in the manufacture of DVD-Video players - USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the world
Philips 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 US/Rest of the world

Philips MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement - USA/Rest of the World -

Letter Agreement :
Letter Agreement to the Philips 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
ONLY Standard rate ONLY Compliant
reward rate
DVD-Video Functionality 1.25 USD 0.95 USD
Video CD Functionality 1.00 USD 0.60 USD
AC-3 (>= 3 channels) 0.54 USD 0.54 USD
Sum 2.79 USD 2.09 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.

Overvieuw 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

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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 yet to announce their DVD-ROM and DVD-Video 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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