The CATV 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 cable broadcasting and contribute to the convenience of prospective licensees. ULDAGE Inc. is authorized to perform as an administrator of the CATV Essential Patent License.
The CATV Essential Patent License provides license under patents essential to the standards in the digital cable broadcasting field developed by the Japan Cable Television Engineering Association and referred to as JCTEA STD-001, JCTEA STD-002, JCTEA STD-003, JCTEA STD-007, JCTEA STD-011 and JCTEA STD-012, the operational specifications developed by Japan Cable Laboratories and referred to as JLabs SPEC-001, JLabs SPEC-001-01, JLabs SPEC-001-02, JLabs SPEC-002, JLabs SPEC-003, JLabs SPEC-004, JLabs SPEC-005, JLabs SPEC-006 and JLabs SPEC-007 as well as the standards developed by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses ("ARIB") and referred to as ARIB STD-B20, ARIB STD-B24, ARIB STD-B25, ARIB STD-B31 and ARIB STD-B32, the technical reports referred to as ARIB TR-B14 and ARIB TR-B15(1)(collectively "CATV Standards(2)"), and such patents are identified on our web site ("Essential Patent Portfolio").
The Essential Patent Portfolio is updated each quarter. Please click here for the latest version.
As of April 1, 2017 essential patents in the CATV 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 CATV Patent Holders are updated each quarter. Please click here for the latest version.
It cannot be guaranteed that the CATV Essential Patent License includes all patents that are essential for the CATV 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 CATV Standards. Any party who believes it holds patents that are essential for the CATV 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 CATV Patent Holders have the right to grant a license individually and independently of the CATV 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 CATV Patent Holder holding the relevant Essential Patent(s).
The CATV Essential Patent License shall take effect retroactively on the initial day of the quarter to which the execution date of the license agreement belongs and shall remain in force until March 31, 2022 (for instance, if the execution date is May 21, 2017, the license takes effect as of April 1, 2017). The CATV 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 CATV Essential Patent License from an overseas manufacturer and sells such product in Japan, is Company A required to obtain the CATV 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 CATV 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 CATV Patent Holder and holds the legal right to grant a nonexclusive license to parties who seek a license for patents in the Essential Patents Portfolio.
The license is guaranteed during the contract period.
It will constitute an infringement on the right of each patent in the Essential Patent Portfolio.
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