Welcome to the Video CD 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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Video CD Disc Patent License
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of Video CD discs. Our license provides Video CD 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, France Telecom, IRT, JVC and MEI. For full details, click Video CD Disc 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 Video CD 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 its 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.

Video CD disc licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the Video CD 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 Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant Annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in this licensing program under patents/agreements section and annexes section.
As part of new licenses and as part of settlement of disputes, manufacturers are now required to sign a side-letter setting forth the mandatory LSCD requirement. Such side-letters are also available to existing manufacturers wishing to demonstrate to their customers that they will only ship products covered by a valid LSCD issued by Philips. Manufacturers with this requirement are listed on Philips Licensee database with an asterisk (*). For more information about LSCD’s please visit our Supplier/Buyer page.

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for Video CD Disc.

Video CD Disc Patent lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file. 

Video CD Disc/CD General part
Annex A Essential Philips' patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/CD General part

Video CD Disc/CD-ROM XA Sub-mode 2
Annex A Essential Philips' patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/CD-ROM XA Sub-mode 2 (Mode 2 Form 1) part

Video CD Disc/Video CD part
Annex A Essential Philips'patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/Video CD part

+ link to change history of patent lists

Reference copies of current version of the Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A 

Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement  - USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World 
Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World -

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 Video CD
reward rate
Video CD 0.03 USD 0.0175 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

. Ordering specifications

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section


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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.

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