DVB-S2 Patent License Agreement

The following summarizes key terms of the DVB-S2 Patent License Agreement.  This content is informational only -- the actual license provisions are defined solely by the Agreement.

Licensed Patents

The Licensed Patents include all patents and patent applications, as well as divisionals, continuations, continuations-in-part, reissues, reexaminations, renewals, and extensions thereof, which are owned or controlled by any of the Licensors and which are essential to comply with the DVB-S2 Standard. 

Scope of License Grant

Licensees are granted a non-exclusive, royalty-bearing, worldwide license under the Licensed Patents to make, have made (but solely for use or distribution by the licensee or its affiliates), use, distributed, sell, offer to sell, and/or import licensed products.

Royalties

During the term of the Agreement, if the cumulatirve number of DVB-S2 compliant encoders, decoders, and codecs licensed under the Agreement is less than 500,000, licensees will all pay one dollar (US$1.00) for each DVB-S2 encoder or decoder made, sold or imported by licensee.  The royalty for manufacture or sale of DVB-S2 codecs (that is, single devices that can both encode and decode) in such volumes is two dollars (US$2.00).

During the term of the Agreement, if the cumulatirve number of DVB-S2 compliant encoders, decoders, and codecs licensed under the Agreement is greater than 500,000, licensees will all pay fifty cents (US$0.50) for each DVB-S2 encoder or decoder made, sold or imported by licensee.  The royalty for manufacture or sale of DVB-S2 codecs in such volumes is one dollar (US$1.00).

For professional applications, such as digital satellite news gathering, data trunking, and up-link station modulation, two different licensing models are offered for the convenience of licensees.  Contact us for additional details.

Term

The term of the License Agreement is five years.

    DVB-T2

    DVB-T2 is a digital terrestrial transmission specification developed by the DVB Project. It is the most advanced such specification in the world and introduces the latest modulation and coding (and demodulation and decoding) techniques to enable highly efficient use of valuable terrestrial spectrum for the delivery of audio, video and data services to fixed, portable and mobile devices. DVB-T2 is not designed to replace DVB-T; rather the two standards will coexist in many markets for many years. Much of the intellectual property essential to the DVB-S2 standard is also essential to the DVB-T2 standard.

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    DVB-C2

    In 2007, a study mission of the DVB Project identified some possible technologies which could be considered as alternatives for improving the existing DVB-C standard. The 57th meeting of the DVB Steering Board has now approved the DVB-C2 Commercial Requirements and a Call for Technologies for DVB-C2. IPR essential to DVB-S2 is likely to be incorporated into the DVB-C2 standard.

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