MPEG LA calls for patents essential to ATSC 3.0

World licensing leader MPEG LA has announced a call for patents essential to ATSC 3.0 standards in order to facilitate, for the convenience of the market, creation of a joint licence 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 personalisation 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 colour 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.”

Current patent owners include Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT); NTT DOCOMO, INC.; Panasonic Corporation; and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

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

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