Licensing

Introduction

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

DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License (Philips only)

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD-RW/-R recorders. Our license provides DVD-RW/-R 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 and Pioneer. For full details, click DVD-RW/-R Recorder 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-RW/-R 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.

DVD-RW-R recorder licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the DVD-RW/-R Recorder 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-R/-RW 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 as well as MPEG-Audio in the manufacture of DVD-recorders.

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-RW-R Recorder/ DVD-R Data part

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

 

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

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

 

DVD-RW-R Recorder/ DVD-RW data part

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

 

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

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

 

DVD-RW-R Recorder Dual Layer

Annex A5 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-RW Dual Layer Data part


Annex A5 - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-R Dual Layer Data part

 

AC-3

Annex A - Essential Philips' patents relevant DVD-Video Recorder/AC-3 part

 

MPEG

Annex A - Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD-Video recorder/MPEG audio part
 



+ Link to change history of patent lists.

 

Agreements
Reference copies of the current version of the DVD-RW/-R Recorder Patent License Agreement as well as 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 US


Philips DVD-R Recorder and DVD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement - USA -

 

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the world

Philips DVD-RW Recorder and DVD-R Recorder Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World -

 

Letter Agreement :

Letter Agreement to the Philips DVD-RW-R Recorder Patent License Agreement - USA/ROW -

 

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


 

+ Manufacturer located in US

Philips Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 Technology in the manufacture of DVD Recorders - USA -

 

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the world

Philips Patent License Agreement for the use of AC-3 Technology in the manufacture of DVD Recorders - Rest of the World -

 

MPEG
MPEG Audio Patent License Agreement


 

+ Manufacturer located in USA/Rest of the world

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



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
ONLY
Standard rate
ONLY
Compliant reward
rate
DVD-RW 2.60 USD \
DVD-R 2.60 USD 4.15 USD
DVD Video 2.50 USD /
Video CD 1.00 USD 0.60 USD
AC-3 (>3 chan) 0.54 USD 0.54 USD
Sum 9.24 USD 5.29 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

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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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