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MPEG LA Reveals HEVC Patent Pool

Denver – Digital Technology patent administrator MPEG LA said Monday that the HEVC Patent Portfolio License (HEVC License) is now available, clearing the way for easier implementation and product development.

The joint license includes essential patents for use of the High Efficiency Video Coding standard (known as HEVC or H.265 or MPEG-H Part 2) pooled collectively from 23 different companies and organizations.

The HEVC standard was developed to improve video coding and efficiency for the transmission of content over the Internet.

 The system is said to offer Internet, television, mobile service providers and consumers increased speed and capacity. It is the standard commonly supported in new-generation Ultra HDTV products and services.

 It is expected to deliver next-generation higher resolution HDTV video by broadcast, streaming, download and 4K Blu-ray for 4K and 8K Ultra HD TV.

  “The market is ready for an HEVC License,” said MPEG LA president and CEO Larry Horn, “and MPEG LA is proud to offer one. We applaud the cooperation and hard work of HEVC patent owners to make this important technology available through an efficient licensing alternative.”

 Copies of the HEVC License agreement are available through the MPEG LA.

 The License currently includes essential HEVC patents owned by 23 companies and organizations including: Apple Inc.; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); Fujitsu Limited; Hitachi Maxell; Humax Holdings; Intellectual Discovery Co.,; JVC Kenwood; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); Korean Broadcasting System (KBS); KT Corp.; M&K Holdings; NEC; Newratek; Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK); Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT); NTT Docomo; Orange SA; Samsung Electronics; Siemens; SK Telecom; Tagivan II; The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York;  and Vidyo.

 MPEG LA is perhaps best known for its work creating the MPEG-2 licensing program, which helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics history and has become the template for addressing numerous other technologies.