Welcome to the DVD-R Disc 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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DVD-R Disc Patent License (Philips only)
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD –R discs. Our license provides DVD -R disc 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 and Pioneer. For full details, click DVD–R Disc 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 DVD-R Disc 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 these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.
DVD-R disc licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the DVD-R Disc 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-R Disc 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 DVD-R Disc.
DVD-R Disc Patent lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
Annex A - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R disc - Dual Layer
Essentiality report of EP patents mentioned in Annex A to the DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack : Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R Disc
Essentiality report of US patents mentioned in Annex A to the DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement, evaluated by Proskauer & Rose LLP : Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R Disc
+ link to change history of patent lists
Reference copies of current version of the DVD-Audio Disc Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
These versions are intended for prospective licensees:
DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
Philips DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement - USA -
+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World
Philips DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World -
Letter Agreement to the Philips DVD-R Disc Patent License Agreement - USA/Rest of the World -
Letter Agreement for the Extension of the scope of Licensed Products to include DVD-R Dual Layer discs
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines, Manufacturing Equipment list and Side Letters go to section Annexes
Royalty Reporting Form
Annex B1: The Royalty Reporting Form
Manufacturing Equipment List
Annex B3: Manufacturing Equipment List
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.
Regular DVD-R Disc
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
. Ordering specifications
For more information go to the Ordering & Services section
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Does Philips provide Formatters for mastering systems?
Yes. For info go to our Mastering/Analyzers 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.