Licensing

Introduction

Welcome to DVD-RW/-R Recorder 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-RW/-R Recorders and want to ensure that you are getting licensed products, please visit our special buyer page.

DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License (Joint)

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD-RW/-R Recorders. Our combined license provides DVD-RW-R recorder manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony and Pioneer patents in a package. Separate licenses are also offered by Sony and Pioneer 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-RW/-R Recorder. For full details, click DVD-RW/-R Recorder (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-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony and Pioneer. 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 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 recorder licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, Philips shall not require payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.


Reference copies of the current version of the Philips DVD-RW/-R Recorder 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-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement is offered in conjunction with separate patent license agreements for the use of the AC-3 and DTS technologies in the manufacture of DVD-RW/-R recorders.

 

Patent countries and non-patent countries

As the patent list indicates, patents exist on national basis. Royalties are only due for products using a patent in the country where the patent exists, whether by manufacture, import, sale or otherwise.


Manufacturers based in countries where no essential patent exists, or due to expiry no longer exist, but whose products are distributed also in countries where the patent still subsists, may opt to enter into a DVD Limited License & Non Assertion Agreement covering such situation.
Manufacturers based in countries, where essential patents still exist may opt to transfer to the latest version of the DVD Patent License Agreement.

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for DVD-RW/-R Recorder.

DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent lists 
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file. 

DVD-R-RW Recorder/ DVD-R Data part

Annex A1 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R -RW Recorder / DVD-R Data part

Annex A1 - Essential Sony's Patents relevant to DVD-R -RW Recorder / DVD-R Data Part

Annex A1 - Essential Pioneer's patents relevant to DVD -R -RW Recorder / DVD- R Data Part
 


DVD-R-RW Recorder/ DVD-R Video part

Annex A2 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to the DVD -R -RW Recorder / DVD-R Video part

Annex A2 - Essential Pioneer's patents relevant to DVD- R -RW Recorder / DVD- R Video Part
 


DVD-R-RW Recorder/ DVD-RW Data part

Annex A3 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R Recorder DVD-RW Recorder / DVD-RW Data part

Annex A3 - Essential Sony's Patents relevant to DVD-R -RW Recorder / DVD-RW Data Part

Annex A3 - Essential Pioneer's patents relevant to DVD -R -RW Recorder / DVD- RW Data Part



DVD-R-RW Recorder/ DVD-RW Video part

Annex A4 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to the DVD -R -RW Recorder / DVD-RW Video part

Annex A4 - Essential Pioneer's patents relevant to DVD- R -RW Recorder / DVD- RW Video Part

 

AC-3 
for using AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD-R/-RW Recorder

Annex A - Essential Philips/IRT/France Telecom patents relevant to DVD-Video Recorder/AC-3 part 
 


MPEG

Annex A - Essential Philips/IRT/France Telecom patents relevant to DVD-Video Recorder/MPEG Audio part

 

+ Link to change history of patent lists.

Agreements
Reference copies of current version of the DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement, and the AC-3 and MPEG-Audio patent license agreements. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A


DVD-RW Recorder and DVD-R Recorder Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer) - USA -
 

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

DVD-RW Recorder and DVD-R Recorder Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer) - Rest of the World -

 

AC-3

Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 technology in the manufacture of DVD-R/-RW Recorder

+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A.

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

 

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

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

 

Letter Agreement

Letter Agreement to the DVD-RW Recorder and the DVD-R Recorder Patent License Agreement

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 Recorder 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:
DVD-RW-R
Recorders
JOINT
Standard
rate
JOINT
Compliant reward
rate
DVD+RW 5.00 USD  \
DVD+R 5.00 USD 8.00 USD
DVD Video 5.00 USD /
Video CD 1.25 USD 0.75 USD
AC-3
(> 3 chan)
0.60 USD 0.60 USD
Sum 16.85 USD 9.35 USD


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

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