An ATSC 3.0 Patent Pool Comes To Life


As of today, the U.S. television industry has “one-stop access” to patents that are essential to the next generation broadcast standard developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

Now available: the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License, courtesy of MPEG LA.

“As a convenience to ATSC 3.0 implementers and the potential that ATSC 3.0 brings to market, our ATSC 3.0 License will continue MPEG LA’s rich and reliable tradition of addressing the market’s need for transactional efficiency and predictability in accessing necessary intellectual property rights owned by many different organizations under a single license,” says MPEG LA President/CEO Larry Horn. “We are especially proud to be joined in this effort by leading ATSC 3.0 developers from all over the world.”

The initial patent owners to MPEG LA’s ATSC 3.0 License are CableTelevision Laboratories, Inc.; Cerinet USA Inc.; Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.; Koninklijke KPN N.V.; Koninklijke Philips N.V.; NEC Corporation; Nippon Hoso Kyokai; ONE Media, LLC; Panasonic Corporation; Shanghai National Engineering Research Center of Digital Television Co., Ltd (NERC-DTV); and Sun Patent Trust.

ONE Media, the joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group  and Coherent Logix and one of the primary architects of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard, applauded the formation of the ATSC 3.0 Patent Pool by MPEG LA. As ONE Media sees it, “formation of the pool will dramatically simplify the efficient licensing of the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast technology in multiple-receive devices, easing the distribution and deployment process.”

Patent pools provide for a consortium of companies agreeing to combine related intellectual property and offer “one-stop licensing” to vendors that want to include the technology in their equipment for sale to the public. MPEG LA is a pioneer in the formation and management of these types of pools, ONE Media notes. It adds that ATSC 3.0 is an ideal candidate for such pooling. Multiple companies have “standard essential patents” necessary for vendors to offer the advanced services in their equipment, ONE Media notes.

The ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio License and a summary of the License terms may be obtained here.