HEVC Holds Promise for Mobile Video and Ultra High Definition TV
High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) is a standard designed to improve video coding efficiency for the benefit of Internet and mobile service providers and consumers with increased speed and capacity. HEVC is also expected to deliver next generation higher resolution HDTV video displays for 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition TV (“UHDTV”).
“As contemplated, the HEVC license will utilize a modern streamlined pool licensing approach with simple easy-to-understand terms making the technology readily accessible to the largest possible market in the shortest possible time,” said MPEG LA President and CEO
As work continues on evaluating patents for essentiality and concluding terms in final agreements, the license is currently supported by 25 prospective HEVC essential patent holders including the following:
|Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.|
|HUMAX Co., Ltd.|
|JVC KENWOOD Corporation|
|LG Electronics Inc.|
|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation|
|NTT DOCOMO, INC.|
|Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson|
Additional patent holders who are participating in the facilitation process also may be included, and others are welcome to join.
In its effort to include as much essential intellectual property as possible in one license for the benefit of the marketplace, MPEG LA continues to welcome the submission of issued patents for an evaluation of their essentiality to the HEVC Standard (defined in ISO/IEC 23008-2 MPEG-H Part 2 and ITU-T Recommendation H.265). Any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the HEVC Standard and wishes to join the HEVC Patent Portfolio License is invited to submit them for evaluation by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators. The terms and procedures governing patent submissions may be requested at http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/HEVC/default.aspx.
MPEG LA is the world leader in alternative technology licenses. By assisting users with convenient access to patent rights for their technology choices, MPEG LA offers licensing solutions that create opportunities for wide adoption and fuel innovation. MPEG LA’s pioneering MPEG-2 licensing program helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics history and has become the template for addressing numerous other technologies. Today MPEG LA manages licensing programs consisting of 8500 patents in 74 countries with 162 licensors and some 5800 licensees. For more information, please refer to http://www.mpegla.com.
The following summary of licensing terms is provided for informational purposes only and is subject to possible modification. It is not an offer to license. The HEVC Patent Portfolio License scheduled to be available in early 2014 will provide the actual terms of license on which users may rely.
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