The ARIB Essential Patent License is a single package license which offers multiple essential patents held by multiple parties on fair and reasonable terms. This will promote the prevalence of digital broadcasting and contribute to the convenience of prospective licensees. ULDAGE Inc. is authorized to perform as an administrator of the ARIB Essential Patent License.
The ARIB Essential Patent License provides license under patents essential to the standards in the digital broadcasting field developed by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses ("ARIB") and referred to as ARIB STD-B10, ARIB STD-B20, ARIB STD-B21, ARIB STD-B24, ARIB STD-B25, ARIB STD-B29, ARIB STD-B30, ARIB STD-B31, and ARIB STD-B32 as well as the technical reports referred to as ARIB TR-B13*, ARIB TR-B14, and ARIB TR-B15 (collectively "ARIB Standards" , *ARIB TR-B13 was abolished on July 31, 2014.), and such patents are identified on our web site ("ARIB Essential Patent Portfolio").
The ARIB Essential Patent Portfolio is updated each quarter. Please click here for the latest version.
As of April 1, 2017 essential patents in the ARIB Essential Patent Portfolio are owned by Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation; FUJITSU LIMITED; Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.; INFOCITY, Inc.; JVC KENWOOD Corporation; KDDI CORPORATION; LG Electronics Inc.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; NEC Corporation; NHK Engineering System,Inc.; Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK); Orange SA (Formerly known as France Telecom, SA); Panasonic Corporation; Pioneer Corporation; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York; Thomson Licensing and Toshiba Corporation.
The ARIB Patent Holders are updated each quarter. Please click here for the latest version.
It cannot be guaranteed that the ARIB Essential Patent License includes all patents that are essential for the ARIB Standards. ULDAGE Inc. endeavors to be able to offer as many essential patents as possible.
The Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center ("JIPAC") is an independent third party evaluating which patents are essential for the ARIB Standards. Any party who believes it holds patents that are essential for the ARIB Standards is invited to submit them to the JIPAC for evaluation. If any party is interested and needs further information, please go to the website of the JIPAC. Please be aware that patent submission is only in the Japanese language.
There are no changes in the license terms for the current contract period.
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Which patent(s) to use among the patents included in the Essential Patent Portfolio is up to the licensee. The ARIB Patent Holders have the right to grant a license individually and independently of the ARIB Essential Patent License. A party which wishes to obtain a license for only a part of the Essential Patent Portfolio may conduct separate negotiations and obtain such license from the ARIB Patent Holder holding the relevant Essential Patent(s).
The ARIB Essential Patent License shall take effect retroactively on January 1, 2007 and shall remain in force until March 31, 2022. The ARIB Essential Patent License shall be automatically renewed for every five years unless otherwise notified six months prior to the expiration date.
If Company A imports a product covered by the ARIB Essential Patent License from an overseas manufacturer and sells such product in Japan, is Company A required to obtain the ARIB Essential Patent License?
Yes. Company A needs to be licensed.
(It is noted that, with regard to the product for which Company A has obtained the license and paid the royalty, neither ULDAGE nor the relevant Patent Holder will enforce their rights even if the patent corresponding to the relevant ARIB Essential Patent is in effect in the country where such product has been manufactured.)
It is required to pay royalties for the product made or sold for the period on and after January 1, 2000. Such payment is to be made together with the payment of the royalty for the quarter to which the execution date belongs.
ULDAGE Inc. is licensed to grant a sublicense from each ARIB Patent Holder and holds the legal right to grant a nonexclusive license to parties who seek a license for patents in the ARIB Essential Patents Portfolio.
The license is guaranteed during the contract period.
It will constitute an infringement on the right of each patent in the ARIB Essential Patent Portfolio.
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