Welcome to the DVD-RW Disc joint licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.

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DVD-RW Disc Patent License (Joint)

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD-RW discs. Our combined licensed provides DVD-RW disc manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony and Pioneer patents in a package. Please note that separate licenses are also offered by Sony and Pioneer under their respective patents. For information on the conditions of these licenses, please contact these other parties directly.

Philips offers a Philips-only license that covers the Philips patents for DVD-RW Disc. For full details, click DVD-RW Disc (Philips only)

For the dedicated Sony License Program see :


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 Disc 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-RW disc licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the
DVD-RW Disc 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-RW 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.

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 Disc.

DVD-RW 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-RW Disc

Annex A - Essential Pioneer's patents relevant to DVD-RW Disc

Annex A -Essential Sony's patents relevant to DVD-RW Disc

+ link to change history of patent lists


Reference copies of current version of the DVD-RW Disc License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

DVD-RW Disc Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A

DVD-RW Disc Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer) - USA -


+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

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

Letter Agreement

Letter Agreement to the DVD-RW Disc Patent License Agreement

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 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-RW Disc
Standard rate
reward rate
DVD-RW 0.10 USD N.A.

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



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