Welcome to the DVD-Audio Player 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-Audio Player Patent License (Joint)
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of DVD audio players. Our combined license provides DVD audio player manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony and Pioneer patents in a package. Please note that separate licenses are also offered by other parties. 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-Audio Player. For full details, click DVD-Audio Player (Philips only)
For the dedicated Sony License Program see : http://www.sony.net/license/
To download the document, please provide the following information.
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-Audio Player Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony, and Pioneer. A world-wide 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 player licensees can transfer to the latest version of the DVD-Audio Player Patent License Agreement at any time. 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 Audio Player Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in found in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.
Patents / Agreements
Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for DVD-Audio player.
DVD-Audio Player Patent Lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
DVD Audio player/DVD ROM part
Exhibit E1- Essential Philips' patents relevant to DVD Audio Player/DVD ROM part
Exhibit E1- Essential Pioneer's Patents relevant to DVD Audio Player/DVD ROM part
Exhibit E1- Essential Sony's Patents relevant to DVD Audio Player/DVD ROM part
DVD Audio player/CD Audio part
Exhibit E2 - Essential Philips' and Sony's Patents Relevant to DVD Audio player/CD Audio part
DVD Audio player/CD Text part
Exhibit E2- Essential Philips' and Sony's Patents relevant to DVD Audio player/CD Text part
Reference copies of current version of the DVD-Audio Player License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
These versions are intended for prospective licensees:
DVD-Audio Player Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Pioneer)
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
DVD Audio Player Patent License Agreement - USA -
+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World (Philips/Sony/Pioneer)
DVD Audio Player Patent License Agreement - Rest of the World -
Letter Agreement :
Letter Agreement to the DVD-Audio Player Patent License Agreement - USA/ROW -
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines, Manufacturing Equipment list and Side Letters go to section Annexes
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
|DVD-Audio Functionality||5.00 USD||N.A.|
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
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