Welcome to Philips’ Video CD Player joint licensing program – use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.
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Video CD Player Patent License
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of Video CD Player. Our combined licensed provides Video CD Player manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony, Matsushita, JVC, France Telecom and Institut Rundfunktechnik patents in a package. Separate licenses are also offered by Sony, Matsushita, JVC, France Telecom and Institut Rundfunktechnik under their respective patents. For information the conditions of these separate licenses, please contact these other parties directly.
Philips offers a Philips-only license that covers the Philips patents patents for Video CD Player. For full details, click Video CD Player (Philips only)
For the dedicated Sony License Program see : http://www.sony.net/license/
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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 Video CD Player Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony, Matsushita, JVC, France Telecom and Institut Rundfunktechnik. 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 will 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.
Video CD Player licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the Video CD Player 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 Video CD Player 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 Video CD Player.
Video CD Player Patent lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
Video CD Player/ CD General part
Annex A -Essential Philips' and Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Player / CD-General part
Video CD Player/ CD-ROM Mode 2 Form 1 part
Annex A -Essential Philips' and Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Player / CD-ROM Mode 2 Form 1 part
Video CD Player/ Video CD part
Annex A - Essential Philips', France Telecom's, IRT's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Player/ Video CD part
Annex A - Essential Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Player/Video CD part
Annex A - Essential JVC's patents relevant to Video CD(VCD) Player/Video CD-part
Annex A - Essential MEI's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Player / Video CD part
+link to change history of patent lists
Reference copies of current version of the Video CD Player Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
These versions are intended for prospective licensees:
Video CD Player Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
Video CD Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/MEI/JVC) - USA -
+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World
Video CD Player Patent License Agreement - (Philips/Sony/MEI/JVC) - Rest of World -
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
Annex B2: Audit Guidelines - UK –
Annex B2: Audit Guidelines - Rest of World -
Side Letter Video CD playback functionality incorporated in DVD Video Players
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.
|JOINT Standard rate||JOINT Compliant
|Video CD Playback
|1.25 USD||0.75 USD|
Please 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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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.