The CATV Essential Patent License covers digital cable television receivers, and digital cable television services.
The CATV Essential Patent License may not cover some digital broadcasting receivers which are labeled as "CATV Path-Through Capable". Please contact us for further information.
Manufacturers or distributors of digital cable broadcasting receivers, and providers of digital cable broadcasting services are required to obtain the CATV Essential Patent License.
If a company outsources the manufacturing of digital cable broadcasting receivers to a third party, and the receivers are sold under the company's brand, then the party which attaches the brand will be primarily required to obtain the license.
Essential Patents* relating to reception and transmission of digital cable broadcasting are licensed.
*Essential Patents mean the patents which are essential for manufacturing of the products or transmission services that satisfy the standards devised by Japan Cable Television Engineering Association and other organizations.
For digital cable broadcasting receivers, the rates indicated in the table below shall apply.
(12-seg digital terrestrial broadcasting)
(including the ReMux Method)
Royalties for any case other than set forth above shall be separately determined.
Royalties shall be payable at the rates above for the period on and after January 1, 2000 up to the date immediately preceding the execution date of the relevant license agreement.
The license agreement shall take effect retroactively from the initial day of the calculation period to which the execution date of the CATV Essential Patent License Agreement belongs**, and shall expire on March 31, 2022.
**If the agreement is executed on May 21, 2017, the license agreement shall take effect retroactively from April 1, 2017.