HEVC patent infringement suits brought against Vestel and Xiaomi

Monday, August 17th, 2020 
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HEVC Advance Licensors bring HEVC Patent Infringement Suits against Vestel and Xiaomi in Dusseldorf Regional Court

  • Mas Elektronik becomes HEVC Advance Patent Pool Licensee

BOSTON — HEVC Advance (“Advance”) today announced that certain patent owners in the HEVC Advance HEVC/H.265 Patent Pool have filed separate patent infringement proceedings in the Dusseldorf Regional Court in Germany against Vestel Germany GmbH (“Vestel”) and Xiaomi Technology Germany GmbH, Xiaomi Technology Netherlands B.V., Xiaomi Technology France S.A.S., and Xiaomi Inc. (“Xiaomi”) for infringing patents essential to the HEVC/H.265 digital video coding standard. According to the complaints, Vestel offers television and set-top-boxes in Germany which incorporate HEVC/H.265 technology, and Xiaomi offers mobile products in Germany which incorporate HEVC/H.265 technology.

Advance further announces that MAS Elektronik Aktiengesellschaft (“MAS”) has become a licensee in the HEVC Advance Patent Pool. This follows the recent favorable judgments and granted injunctions received by HEVC Advance Licensors’ GE Video Compression, LLC, Dolby International AB and Koninklijke Philips N.V. in patent infringement proceedings brought before the Düsseldorf Regional Court in Germany against MAS for infringing patents essential to the HEVC/H.265 digital video coding standard. The Court found that all the asserted patents were infringed by MAS’ offering HEVC/H.265 compliant products (Set-top boxes, TVs, and tablet computers), and, importantly, the Court also found that the Advance license terms and royalty rates offered to MAS were fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”). As a result of MAS becoming a licensee, all legal disputes related to patent infringement proceedings brought by the three plaintiffs have been resolved.

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