MPEG LA announces call for patents essential to ATSC 3.0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 
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Call for patents is first step in creating a one-stop license

DENVER — World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC announced today a call for patents essential to ATSC 3.0 standards in order to facilitate, for the convenience of the market, creation of a joint license to the intellectual property of leading ATSC 3.0 developers on which those standards are based.*

ATSC 3.0 is a set of next generation TV standards offering mobile television; enhanced personalization and interactivity including location-specific emergency alerts and consumer-directed advertising; advanced signal and data delivery; efficient spectrum usage; and enhanced video including high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR), wide color gamut (WCG) and 4K UHD features. ATSC 3.0 broadcasts are beginning in the Republic of Korea this year, and are expected to begin next year in the US.

“ATSC 3.0 represents a significant technological leap over current ATSC broadcast standards, developed some 20 years ago,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO of MPEG LA. “MPEG LA is pleased to begin the process of creating an efficient one-stop license offering access to key intellectual property rights that will help make ATSC 3.0’s benefits available to consumers without delay.”

To participate in the initial meeting for the creation of a joint ATSC 3.0 License, any party that believes it has patents essential to the ATSC 3.0 standards is invited to submit them to MPEG LA by September 8, 2017.

Although only issued patents will be included in the license, patent applications with claims that owners believe are essential to the ATSC 3.0 standards and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted in order to participate in the license development process.

* ATSC 3.0 standards were developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). The ATSC and MPEG LA are not affiliated. MPEG LA’s call for patents to facilitate creation of a joint license is in response to market interest in a convenient licensing alternative.

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