ULDAGE Announces Plan for Joint Patent License for Japanese Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards (ARIB Standards)

Friday, December 21st, 2007 
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TOKYO, JAPAN — ULDAGE Inc., a patent license company today issued a call for patents that are essential to the Japanese Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards developed by the following:
チ»Japan Cable Television Engineering Association (JCTEA Standards)
チ»Japan Cable Laboratories (JCL Operational Specification)
チ»Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB Standards)

The purpose of the call is to evaluate and determine patents that are essential to the standards in order to include them in a joint patent license, which will be provided under fair and reasonable terms and will serve to promote the digital cable broadcasting market in Japan.

A summary of patent submissions and evaluations is as follows:

1.Patents to be submitted are those that are

(1)technically essential to implementation of the following JCTEA Standards, JCL Operational Specification, and ARIB Standards. and

(ï¼’)issued in Japan

Number

Standards Title

JCTEA STD-001

Conditional Access System for Digital Cable Television

JCTEA STD-002

Multiplex System for Digital Cable Television

JCTEA STD-003

Service Information for Digital Cable Television

JCTEA STD-007

Receiver for Digital Cable Television

JCTEA STD-011

Pass-through Method for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Signals over Cable Television System

JCTEA STD-012

Head-Amplifier for Retransmitting Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting over Cable Television System

JCL SPEC-001

Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation

JCL SPEC-001-01

Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation Detailed specifications of illegal usage protection function

JCL SPEC-001-02

Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation Operational specifications for download function

JCL SPEC-002

Operational specifications for 110oE longitude CS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation

JCL SPEC-003

Operational specifications for ReMUX digital broadcasting (independent broadcasting)

JCL SPEC-004

Operational specifications for ReMUX digital broadcasting (i-HITS)

JCL SPEC-005

Operational specifications for JC-HITS Trans-Modulation

JCL SPEC-006

Operational specifications for Pass-Through terrestrial digital broadcasting and independent broadcasting

JCL SPEC-007

Operational specifications for Trans-Modulation terrestrial broadcasting and independent broadcasting

ARIB STD-B20

Transmission System for Digital Satellite Broadcasting

ARIB STD-B24

Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting

ARIB STD-B25

Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting

ARIB STD-B31

Transmission System for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting

ARIB STD-B32

Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting

ARIB TR-B14

Operational Guidelines for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting

ARIB TR-B15

Operational Guidelines for Digital Satellite Broadcasting

Other ARIB Standards

Other ARIB Standards quoted in JCTEA Standards and JCL Operational Specification as requirement

Patents related to MPEG-2 Video Standards, MPEG-4 Video Standards, H.264/MPEG-4AVC Standards, IEEE1394 Standards administrated by already existing patent license schemes and Broadcasting System Based on Home Servers are excluded.

(3)If your patent is one of the ARIB essential patent portfolios and essential to only ARIB Standards above, another evaluation process is available.

2.Contact:

Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC) Secretariat
Benrishikaikan Bldg.
3-4-2 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, 100-0013
PHONE/FAX:+81-3-3500-3793/+81-3-3500-3839
E-Mail:[email protected]dr.gr.jp

3.Schedule for Patent Submissions and Evaluations (Plan)

December 21st, 2007: Call for Patent Submissions

The end of February 2008: Closing of Initial Submissions (Essential Patent Holders as of this date will be invited to the first Patent Holders’ Meeting. Patent Submissions and Evaluations shall be continued thereafter.)

The end of May 2008: The First Patent Holders’ Meeting

ULDAGE will send an invitation to the Patent Holders’ Meeting to those who have patents evaluated as essential to JCTEA, JCL and ARIB Standards.

4.Evaluation Fee:

Any party that wishes to submit patents for evaluation is requested to pay an Evaluation Fee to the Evaluator. The evaluation fee is determined in accordance with the rule of JIPAC, depending upon the number of claims that it believes are essential to JCTEA, JCL and ARIB Standards.
For a patent which has one or two claims per patent: 800,000JPY
For a patent which has three or four claims per patent: 1,000,000JPY
For a patent which has five claims or more per patent: 100,000 JPY is added
The reconfirmation of essentiality of patents costs 50,000 JPY per patent.

Those who are interested in the patent evaluation process may go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp (JAPANESE LANGUAGE ONLY).