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  • (Tokyo Japan – July 1. 2016) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (Dolby) has joined the patent pool for ARIB and CATV Standards making its essential patent licenses available through ULDAGE Inc. The joining of Dolby to the pool, now makes the number of companies 20* which are licensing their essential patents for ARIB and CATV standard through ULDAGE Inc., resulting in further simplification of the complicated patent issues for those who use ARIB and CATV standards.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents so as to further expand the program.

    * 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, Toshiba Corporation

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  • ULDAGE Inc. (“ULDAGE”) announces today a 2nd additional call for patents essential to the 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition Television (“UHDTV”) standards. UHDTV is expected to be the next generation in digital television broadcasting.

    ULDAGE now licenses a package of more than 600 patents relating to the current high definition television standards. This license has played a key role in the resolution of patent issues in the market and promoted the growth of the digital television broadcasting system in Japan.

    Based on this experience, ULDAGE announced a call for patents essential for UHDTV standards on August 25th, 2014 (“ULDAGE ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PATENTS ESSENTIAL TO ULTRA HIGH-DEFINITION TELEVISION (UHDTV)”) and an additional call for patents on January 1st, 2016 (“ULDAGE ANNOUNCES ADDTIONAL CALL FOR PATENTS ESSENTIAL TO ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION TELEVISION (UHDTV)”).
    The purpose of this 2nd additional patent call is to add new standards established by the Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum (“NexTV-F”) to the existing UHDTV Applicable Standards List.

    ULDAGE encourages any party that believes it has Japanese patents essential to the newly added UHDTV standards as well as the existing UHDTV standards to submit such patents to the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (“JIPAC”) for evaluation. For those who are interested in this patent call, please go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp/eng/ and http://www.uldage.com/en/ for more information.

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  • Standards No. Standard Name (English translation) Applicable Version Applicable Part Information
    ARIB STD-B1 Digital Receiver for Digital Satellite Broadcasting Services using Communication Satellites (Desirable Specification) Version 3.0 or later Part 2 is applicable
    ARIB STD-B10 Service Information for Digital Broadcasting System Version 5.4 or later Except Part 2, Annex F; Annex J; Annex M; Annex N; Annex P; and Explanation
    ARIB STD-B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.0 or later Volume 3 (except Explanation) and Volume 4 (except Annex) are applicable
    ARIB STD-B25 Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.4 or later Except Part 1, Chapter 5, 5.2; Part 1, Reference 4 and 5; Part 2, Appendix; Part 3; and Part 4
    ARIB STD-B32 Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 3.0 or later Except Part 1, Appendix A; Part 2, Interpretation 1 to 3; Part 2, Annex; Part 3, Chapter 3, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.9(7); and Part 3, Appendix A
    ARIB STD-B44 Transmission System for Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting Version 2.0 or later Except Annex B, B.3; and Appendix 1 to 3
    ARIB STD-B56 UHDTV System Parameters for Programme Production Version 1.1 or later  
    ARIB STD-B60 MMT-Based Media Transport Scheme in Digital Broadcasting Systems Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation 4 and Appendix
    ARIB STD-B61 Conditional Access System (2nd Generation) and CAS Program Download System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 1.0 or later Except Volume 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, 3.1; and Chapter 4, 4.6 and 4.7; Part 1, Explanation 1 and 2; Part 2, Explanation 1, 1.3 and1.4; and Volume 2, Explanation 1
    ARIB STD-B62 Multimedia Coding Specification for Digital Broadcasting (2’nd Generation) Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation and Appendix
    ARIB STD-B63 Receiver For Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting (Desirable Specifications) Version 1.4 or later Added to this list in Jan. 1st 2016
    ARIB STD-B67 Essential Parameter Values For The Extended Image Dynamic Range Television (EIDRTV) System For Programme Production Version 1.0 or later Added to this list in Jan. 1st 2016
    NEXTVF TR-0002 Contents Protection Requirements and Receiver Output Rule for the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  
    NEXTVF TR-0003 Technical Data about the Operation of the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  
    NEXTVF TR-0004 Operational Guideline for Advanced Wideband Digital Satellite Broadcasting Version 1.0 or later Added to this list on March 14th, 2016

    Patents related to MPEG-2 Standard, MPEG-4 Standard, H.265 (HEVC) Standard, and IEEE1394 Standard are to be excluded.

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  • ULDAGE Inc. (“ULDAGE”) announces today an additional call for patents essential to the 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition Television (“UHDTV”) standards. UHDTV is expected to be the next generation in digital television broadcasting.

    ULDAGE now licenses a package of more than 600 patents relating to the current high definition television standards. This license has played a key role in the resolution of patent issues in the market and promoted the growth of the digital television broadcasting system in Japan.

    Based on this experience, ULDAGE announced a call for patents essential for UHDTV standards on August 25th, 2014 (“ULDAGE ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PATENTS ESSENTIAL TO ULTRA HIGH-DEFINITION TELEVISION (UHDTV)”).

    The purpose of this new patent call is to add new standards established by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (“ARIB”) to the existing UHDTV Applicable Standards List after August 2014.

    ULDAGE encourages any party that believes it has Japanese patents essential to the newly added UHDTV standards as well as the existing UHDTV standards to submit such patents to the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (“JIPAC”) for evaluation. For those who are interested in this patent call, please go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp/eng/ and http://www.uldage.com/en/ for more information

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  • Standards No. Standard Name (English translation) Applicable Version Applicable Part Information
    ARIB STD-B1 Digital Receiver for Digital Satellite Broadcasting Services using Communication Satellites (Desirable Specification) Version 3.0 or later Part 2 is applicable
    ARIB STD-B10 Service Information for Digital Broadcasting System Version 5.4 or later Except Part 2, Annex F; Annex J; Annex M; Annex N; Annex P; and Explanation
    ARIB STD-B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.0 or later Volume 3 (except Explanation) and Volume 4 (except Annex) are applicable
    ARIB STD-B25 Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.4 or later Except Part 1, Chapter 5, 5.2; Part 1, Reference 4 and 5; Part 2, Appendix; Part 3; and Part 4
    ARIB STD-B32 Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 3.0 or later Except Part 1, Appendix A; Part 2, Interpretation 1 to 3; Part 2, Annex; Part 3, Chapter 3, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.9(7); and Part 3, Appendix A
    ARIB STD-B44 Transmission System for Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting Version 2.0 or later Except Annex B, B.3; and Appendix 1 to 3
    ARIB STD-B56 UHDTV System Parameters for Programme Production Version 1.1 or later  
    ARIB STD-B60 MMT-Based Media Transport Scheme in Digital Broadcasting Systems Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation 4 and Appendix
    ARIB STD-B61 Conditional Access System (2nd Generation) and CAS Program Download System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 1.0 or later Except Volume 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, 3.1; and Chapter 4, 4.6 and 4.7; Part 1, Explanation 1 and 2; Part 2, Explanation 1, 1.3 and1.4; and Volume 2, Explanation 1
    ARIB STD-B62 Multimedia Coding Specification for Digital Broadcasting (2’nd Generation) Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation and Appendix
    ARIB STD-B63 Receiver For Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting (Desirable Specifications) Version 1.4 or later Added to this list in Jan. 1st 2016
    ARIB STD-B67 Essential Parameter Values For The Extended Image Dynamic Range Television (EIDRTV) System For Programme Production Version 1.0 or later Added to this list in Jan. 1st 2016
    NEXTVF TR-0002 Contents Protection Requirements and Receiver Output Rule for the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  
    NEXTVF TR-0003 Technical Data about the Operation of the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  

    Patents related to MPEG-2 Standard, MPEG-4 Standard, H.265 (HEVC) Standard, and IEEE1394 Standard are to be excluded.

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  • (Tokyo Japan – October 1. 2015) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that LG Electronics Inc.(LGE) has joined the patent pool for ARIB and CATV Standards making its essential patents license available through ULDAGE Inc. LGE’s joining the pool, in addition to Infocity, KDDI and Columbia University which joined on July 1st 2015, now makes 19* companies which are licensing their essential patents for ARIB and CATV standard through Uldage Inc. resulting in further simplification of the complicated patent issues for those who use the ARIB and CATV standards.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents so as to further expand the program.

    * 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, Toshiba Corporation

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  • ULDAGE Inc., the patent pool license administrator, is pleased to report that, up to today, following
    digital BS broadcasters and ULDAGE, after long-held negotiations, have executed license agreements
    for patents relating to digital BS broadcasting.

    Nippon Hoso Kyokai, BS Nippon Corporation, Asahi Satellite Broadcasting Limited, BS-TBS, INC.,BS Japan Corporation, FUJI SATELLITE BROADCASTING, INC., WOWOW INC., STARCHANNEL INC., Nippon BS Broadcasting Corporation, World Hi-Vision Channel, Inc., The Open University of Japan, The Green Channel, Animax Broadcast Japan Inc., BS-FOX, SKY Perfect Entertainment Corporation, J SPORTS Corporation, Fishing Vision Co., Ltd., IMAGICA TV Corp.,Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcast Satellite Disney Co., Ltd.
    (in numerical order of channel)

    Digital BS broadcasting, which started in Japan in December 2000, is provided in conformity with the so-called ARIB Standards established through discussions among the participating members of The Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB). The Standards reflect technologies,suggestions, and ideas of numerous broadcasters, device manufacturers, and other concerned parties,and consequently, there is a wide variety of patent holders involved in such technologies, and a large number of patents are also involved.

    Unless appropriate measures are taken to tackle this kind of complex patent issue, the standards themselves or the growth of digital BS broadcasting business itself could be negatively affected.

    ULDAGE was established in July 2006 in order to resolve such patent issue and promote the growth of the digital television broadcasting system by gathering various patents relating to digital television broadcasting in one place and then licensing them as a package through the so-called patent pooling method.

    At present, ULDAGE has pooled approximately 590 patents held by 18 patent holders. Under the license program intended for receivers, which was implemented back in 2007, 158 licensee companies manufacture and sell such devices, and the program has contributed greatly to the establishment of the environment for the expansion of access to digital television in relation to the complete transition from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting.

    Digital television broadcasting cannot be realized unless both ends exist: the broadcasters which send signals that comply with the ARIB Standards and the television receivers which receive such signals.
    Consequently, ULDAGE has long pursued negotiations with the representatives of the BS broadcasters to materialize the license program for BS digital broadcasting. The recent execution of license agreements with the BS broadcasters, following the license agreements with digital terrestrial broadcasters concluded in March 2013, is groundbreaking in that the broadcasters will now reward the patent holders, namely, the developers of the relevant technologies, by directly bearing an appropriate proportion of royalties for the use of such technologies.

    As a result, the broadcasters will be able to further their broadcasting businesses in a stable condition without any concern over the issue of digital BS broadcasting related patents pooled with ULDAGE.

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  • (Tokyo Japan – July 1, 2015) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that INFOCITY, Inc., KDDI CORPORATION and The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York have joined the patent pool for ARIB Standards, making their essential patent licenses available through ULDAGE Inc. The joining of these companies to the pool now makes the number of the companies 18* which are licensing their essential patents for ARIB standards through ULDAGE Inc., resulting in further simplification of the complicated patent issues for those who use ARIB standards.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents so as to further expand the program.

    * FUJITSU Limited, Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., INFOCITY, Inc., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), JVC KENWOOD Corporation, KDDI CORPORATION, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, NHK Engineering System, Inc., 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, Toshiba Corporation

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  • (Tokyo Japan – March 2, 2015) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that 17 essential patent holders, FUJITSU Limited, Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., JVC KENWOOD Corporation, KDDI CORPORATION, LG Electronics Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION, Orange SA (Formerly known as France Telecom, SA), Panasonic Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Thomson Licensing, Toshiba Corporation, have started discussions on a patent pool license program for Japanese UHDTV Digital Broadcasting Standards. Each of 17 companies owns a patent that is evaluated as essential by the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center(JIPAC).

    ULDAGE Inc. will facilitate discussions among essential patent holders aiming for licensing essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions through a single license program.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes additional holders of essential patents and encourages them to participate in the patent pool license program. Those who are interested in the patent evaluation process may follow the procedures provided by JIPAC website
    http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp/eng/ .

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  • ULDAGE Inc. made a call for patents essential to the 4K and 8K Ultra High-Definition Television (“UHDTV”) standards on August 25. UHDTV is expected to be the next generation in digital television broadcasting.

    ULDAGE now licenses a package of more than 500 patents relating to the current highdefinition television standards (“ISDB”). This license has played a key role in the resolution of patent issues in the market and promoted the growth of the digital television broadcasting system in Japan.

    The purpose of this call is to create a scheme of a one-stop patent license under fair and reasonable terms and to serve to promote the UHDTV market in Japan. Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (“JIPAC”), a group of independent patent experts, evaluates and determines the essentiality of the patents to the UHDTV standards.

    ULDAGE encourages any party that believes it has Japanese patents essential to the UHDTV standards to submit such patents to JIPAC by December 26, 2014 for evaluation. For those who are interested in this patent call, please go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp/eng/ and http://www.uldage.com/en/ for more information.

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  • August 25, 2014 UHDTV Applicable Standards
    Standards No. Standard Name (English translation) Applicable Version Applicable Part Information
    ARIB STD-B1 Digital Receiver for Digital Satellite Broadcasting Services using Communication Satellites (Desirable Specification) Version 3.0 or later Part 2 is applicable
    ARIB STD-B10 Service Information for Digital Broadcasting System Version 5.4 or later Except Part 2, Annex F; Annex J; Annex M; Annex N; Annex P; and Explanation
    ARIB STD-B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.0 or later Volume 3 (except Explanation) and Volume 4 (except Annex) are applicable
    ARIB STD-B25 Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 6.4 or later Except Part 1, Chapter 5, 5.2; Part 1, Reference 4 and 5; Part 2, Appendix; Part 3; and Part 4
    ARIB STD-B32 Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 3.0 or later Except Part 1, Appendix A; Part 2, Interpretation 1 to 3; Part 2, Annex; Part 3, Chapter 3, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.9(7); and Part 3, Appendix A
    ARIB STD-B44 Transmission System for Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting Version 2.0 or later Except Annex B, B.3; and Appendix 1 to 3
    ARIB STD-B56 UHDTV System Parameters for Programme Production Version 1.1 or later  
    ARIB STD-B60 MMT-Based Media Transport Scheme in Digital Broadcasting Systems Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation 4 and Appendix
    ARIB STD-B61 Conditional Access System (2nd Generation) and CAS Program Download System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting Version 1.0 or later Except Volume 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, 3.1; and Chapter 4, 4.6 and 4.7; Part 1, Explanation 1 and 2; Part 2, Explanation 1, 1.3 and1.4; and Volume 2, Explanation 1
    ARIB STD-B62 Multimedia Coding Specification for Digital Broadcasting (2’nd Generation) Version 1.0 or later Except Explanation and Appendix
    NEXTVF TR-0002 Contents Protection Requirements and Receiver Output Rule for the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  
    NEXTVF TR-0003 Technical Data about the Operation of the 4K Broadcasting using the Advanced Narrowband Transmission System Version 1.0 or later  

    Patents related to MPEG-2 Standard, MPEG-4 Standard, H.265(HEVC) Standard, and IEEE1394 Standard are to be excluded.

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  • ULDAGE Inc., the patent pool license administrator, is pleased to report that, up to today, the
    respective digital terrestrial broadcasters, namely, each of the 127 members of The Japan Commercial
    Broadcasters Association, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), and The Open University of Japan, and
    ULDAGE, after long-held negotiations, have executed license agreements for patents relating to
    digital terrestrial broadcasting.
    Digital terrestrial broadcasting, which started in Japan in December 2003, is provided in conformity
    with the so-called ARIB Standards established through discussions among the participating members
    of The Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB). The Standards reflect technologies,
    suggestions, and ideas of numerous broadcasters, device manufacturers, and other concerned parties,
    and consequently, there is a wide variety of patent holders involved in such technologies, and a large
    number of patents are also involved.
    Unless appropriate measures are taken to tackle this kind of complex patent issue, the standards
    themselves or the growth of digital terrestrial broadcasting business itself could be negatively affected.
    ULDAGE was established in July 2006 in order to resolve such patent issue and promote the growth
    of the digital television broadcasting system by gathering various patents relating to digital television
    broadcasting in one place and then licensing them as a package through the so-called patent pooling
    method.
    At present, ULDAGE has pooled approximately 500 patents held by 14 patent holders. Under the
    license program intended for receivers, which was implemented back in 2007, 161 licensee companies
    manufacture and sell such devices, and the program has contributed greatly to the establishment of the
    environment for the expansion of access to digital television in relation to the complete transition from

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  • (Tokyo Japan – October 1, 2008) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that the Patent Pool
    License for Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards is now available. The License includes essential patents owned by the following 15 companies.

    France Telecom/Telediffusion de France, FUJITSU LIMITED, Hitachi, Ltd., Kenwood Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Panasonic Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Thomson Licensing S.A., Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

    These 15 companies agreed on the following license terms for launching the license program through ULDAGE. The royalties relating to digital cable broadcasting are, in case of receiving devices, JPY100 per unit for digital terrestrial trans-modulation receiving devices; JPY150 per unit for digital terrestrial pass-through/trans-modulation receiving devices.

    Technology transition from analog to digital has made the patent issues more complicated. The Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards License will simplify it by licensing as a package multiple essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions. ULDAGE Inc. believes that the establishment of this license scheme will help ensure a stable business environment for those engaged in the business of digital cable broadcasting.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents and hopes that this patent license program will expand further.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - October 1, 2008) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that the Patent Pool License for Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards is now available. The License includes essential patents owned by the following 15 companies.

    France Telecom/Telediffusion de France, FUJITSU LIMITED, Hitachi, Ltd., Kenwood Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Panasonic Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Thomson Licensing S.A., Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

    These 15 companies agreed on the following license terms for launching the license program through ULDAGE. The royalties relating to digital cable broadcasting are, in case of receiving devices, JPY100 per unit for digital terrestrial trans-modulation receiving devices; JPY150 per unit for digital terrestrial pass-through/trans-modulation receiving devices.

    Technology transition from analog to digital has made the patent issues more complicated. The Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards License will simplify it by licensing as a package multiple essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions. ULDAGE Inc. believes that the establishment of this license scheme will help ensure a stable business environment for those engaged in the business of digital cable broadcasting.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents and hopes that this patent license program will expand further.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - August 8, 2008) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that the Patent Pool License for Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards is scheduled to be available in October, 2008. The License includes essential patents owned by at least following 13 companies.

    Kenwood Corporation, France Telecom/Telediffusion de France, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Pioneer Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Thomson Licensing S.A., Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

    The discussion among those 13 companies took place since May 2008 and they agreed on the following terms of license for launching the license program. The royalties relating to digital cable broadcasting are, in case of receiving devices, JPY100 per unit for digital terrestrial trans-modulation receiving devices; JPY150 per unit for digital terrestrial pass-through/trans-modulation receiving devices.

    Technology transition from analog to digital has made the patent issues more complicated. The Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards License will simplify it by licensing as a package multiple essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions. ULDAGE Inc. believes that the establishment of this license scheme will help ensure a stable business environment to those engaged in the business of digital cable broadcasting.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents and hopes that this patent license program will expand further.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - February 25, 2008) ULDAGE Inc., a patent license company, announced today that Toshiba Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd. have become shareholders of ULDAGE. By welcoming Toshiba and Hitachi as new shareholders in addition to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited, the financial foundation of ULDAGE will be more solid.

    As attention has been drawn to the patent pool as an effective tool in handling intellectual property in the digital age, further expectations for its usefulness will grow in an area where a standardization of the technologies is imperative. The participation of Toshiba and Hitachi at this time is considered to be consistent with such expectations.

    ULDAGE administers 15 companies' essential patents (ARIB standards) for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting, BS Digital Broadcasting, CS Digital Broadcasting, One Seg broadcasting, etc., under fair and reasonable conditions. In the future, ULDAGE will administer essential patents for cable broadcasting as well.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - December 21, 2007) ULDAGE Inc., a patent license company today issued a call for patents that are essential to the Japanese Digital Cable Broadcasting Standards developed by the following:

    • Japan Cable Television Engineering Association (JCTEA Standards)
    • Japan Cable Laboratories (JCL Operational Specification)
    • Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB Standards)

    The purpose of the call is to evaluate and determine patents that are essential to the standards in order to include them in a joint patent license, which will be provided under fair and reasonable terms and will serve to promote the digital cable broadcasting market in Japan.

    A summary of patent submissions and evaluations is as follows:

    1. Patents to be submitted are those that are :

    • (1) technically essential to implementation of the following JCTEA Standards, JCL Operational Specification, and ARIB Standards. and
    • (2) issued in Japan
    • Number Standards Title
      JCTEA STD-001 Conditional Access System for Digital Cable Television
      JCTEA STD-002 Multiplex System for Digital Cable Television
      JCTEA STD-003 Service Information for Digital Cable Television
      JCTEA STD-007 Receiver for Digital Cable Television
      JCTEA STD-011 Pass-through Method for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Signals over Cable Television System
      JCTEA STD-012 Head-Amplifier for Retransmitting Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting over Cable Television System
      JCL SPEC-001 Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation
      JCL SPEC-001-01 Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation Detailed specifications of illegal usage protection function
      JCL SPEC-001-02 Operational specifications for BS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation Operational specifications for download function
      JCL SPEC-002 Operational specifications for 110°E longitude CS digital broadcasting Trans-Modulation
      JCL SPEC-003 Operational specifications for ReMUX digital broadcasting
      (independent broadcasting)
      JCL SPEC-004 Operational specifications for ReMUX digital broadcasting (i-HITS)
      JCL SPEC-005 Operational specifications for JC-HITS Trans-Modulation
      JCL SPEC-006 Operational specifications for Pass-Through terrestrial digital broadcasting and independent broadcasting
      JCL SPEC-007 Operational specifications for Trans-Modulation terrestrial broadcasting and independent broadcasting
      ARIB STD-B20 Transmission System for Digital Satellite Broadcasting
      ARIB STD-B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting
      ARIB STD-B25 Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting
      ARIB STD-B31 Transmission System for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
      ARIB STD-B32 Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting
      ARIB TR-B14 Operational Guidelines for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
      ARIB TR-B15 Operational Guidelines for Digital Satellite Broadcasting
      Other ARIB Standards Other ARIB Standards quoted in JCTEA Standards and JCL Operational Specification as requirement
    • Patents related to MPEG-2 Video Standards, MPEG-4 Video Standards, H.264/MPEG-4AVC Standards, IEEE1394 Standards administrated by already existing patent license schemes and Broadcasting System Based on Home Servers are excluded.

    • (3) If your patent is one of the ARIB essential patent portfolios and essential to only ARIB Standards above, another evaluation process is available.

    2.[ Contact ]

    Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC) Secretariat Benrishikaikan Bldg.

    3-4-2 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, 100-0013
    PHONE / FAX : +81-3-3500-3793 / +81-3-3500-3839
    E-Mail :

    3. Schedule for Patent Submissions and Evaluations (Plan)

    December 21st, 2007 Call for Patent Submissions
    The end of February 2008 Closing of Initial Submissions (Essential Patent Holders as of this date will be invited to the first Patent Holders' Meeting. Patent Submissions and Evaluations shall be continued thereafter.)
    The end of May 2008 The First Patent Holders' Meeting

    ULDAGE will send an invitation to the Patent Holders' Meeting to those who have patents evaluated as essential to JCTEA, JCL and ARIB Standards.

    4. Evaluation Fee:

    Any party that wishes to submit patents for evaluation is requested to pay an Evaluation Fee to the Evaluator. The evaluation fee is determined in accordance with the rule of JIPAC, depending upon the number of claims that it believes are essential to JCTEA, JCL and ARIB Standards.

    For a patent which has one or two claims per patent: 800,000JPY
    For a patent which has three or four claims per patent: 1,000,000JPY
    For a patent which has five claims or more per patent: 100,000 JPY is added
    The reconfirmation of essentiality of patents costs 50,000 JPY per patent.

    For more information, please visit http://www.uldage.com. Those who are interested in the patent evaluation process may go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp (JAPANESE LANGUAGE ONLY).

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  • (Tokyo Japan - March 5, 2007) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that THOMSON Licensing S.A.S (Thomson) has joined the patent pool for ARIB Standards making its essential patents license available through ULDAGE Inc. Thomson's joining the pool now makes 11* companies which are licensing their essential patents for ARIB standards through Uldage Inc. resulting in further simplification of the complicated patent issues for those who use the ARIB standards.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents so as to further expand the program.


    * France Telecom /Teledifusion de France, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - February 1, 2007) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that the Patent Pool License for ARIB Standards (ARIB Essential Patent License) is now available. The License includes essential patents owned by France Telecom Teledifusion de France, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

    The above companies have finally agreed on the following terms of license for launching the license program: manufacturers or distributors of digital broadcasting devices shall pay, for instance, JPY 200 per unit for television set receiving digital BS, CS and terrestrial broadcasting; JPY 100 per unit for television set receiving digital terrestrial broadcasting only; JPY 50 per unit for mobile terminal receiving digital terrestrial broadcasting called "One Seg" only.

    Technology transition from analog to digital has made the patent issues more complicated. The ARIB Essential Patent License will simplify it by licensing as a package multiple essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions. ULDAGE Inc. believes that the establishment of this license scheme will help manufacturers and distributors ensure stable supply of digital broadcasting devices.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents and hopes that this patent license program will expand further.

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  • (Tokyo Japan - November 10, 2006) ULDAGE Inc. announced today that 10 essential patent holders, France Télécom, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Victor Company of Japan, Limited, have started discussions on a patent pool license program for Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standards ("ARIB Standards"). Each of 10 companies owns a patent that is evaluated as essential by the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC).

    ULDAGE Inc. will facilitate discussions among essential patent holders aiming for licensing essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions through a single license program.

    ULDAGE Inc. welcomes additional holders of essential patents and encourages them to participate in the patent pool license program. Those who are interested in the patent evaluation process may follow the procedures provided by JIPAC website http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp (JAPANESE LANGUAGE ONLY).

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  • (Tokyo Japan - August 8, 2006) ULDAGE Inc., a patent license company, today issued a call for patents that are essential to the Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standards developed by Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB Standards). The purpose of the call is to evaluate and determine patents that are essential to the standards in order to include them in a joint patent license, which will be provided under fair and reasonable terms and will serve to promote the digital broadcasting market in Japan.

    A summary of patent submissions and evaluations is as follows:

    1. Patents to be submitted:

    Patents that are:

    • (1) technically essential to implementation of the following ARIB Standards, and
    • (2) issued in Japan

    • Number ARIB Standards Title
      STD-B10 Service Information for Digital Broadcasting System
      STD-B20 Transmission System for Digital Satellite Broadcasting
      STD-B21 Receiver for Digital Broadcasting
      STD-B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification for Digital Broadcasting
      STD-B25 Conditional Access System Specifications for Digital Broadcasting
      STD-B29 Transmission System For Digital Terrestrial Sound Broadcasting
      STD-B30 Receiver For Digital Terrestrial Sound Broadcasting
      STD-B31 Transmission System for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
      STD-B32 Video Coding, Audio Coding and Multiplexing Specifications for Digital Broadcasting
      TR-B13 Operational Guidelines for Digital Terrestrial Sound Broadcasting
      TR-B14 Operational Guidelines for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
      TR-B15 Operational Guidelines for Digital Satellite Broadcasting
    • Patents related to MPEG-2 Video Standards, MPEG-4 Video Standards, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Standards, IEEE1394 Standards, and Broadcasting System Based on Home Servers are excluded.

    2. Patent Evaluation:

    The Evaluator, Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC), is an independent patent expert, and will evaluate patents for essentiality to ARIB Standards.

    [ Contact ]

    Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC) Secretariat Benrishikaikan Bldg.

    3-4-2 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, 100-0013
    PHONE / FAX : +81-3-3500-3793 / +81-3-3500-3839
    E-Mail :

    3. Schedule for Patent Submissions and Evaluations (Plan)

    Aug. 8, 2006 Call for Patent Submissions
    Sep. 8, 2006 Closing of Initial Submission (Essential Patent Holders as of this date will be invited to the first Patent Holders' Meeting. Patent Submissions and Evaluations shall be continued thereafter.)
    Nov. mid, 2006 The First Patent Holders' Meeting

    ULDAGE will send an invitation for the Patent Holders' Meeting to those who have a patent evaluated as essential to ARIB Standard.

    4. Evaluation Fee:

    Any party that wishes to submit patents for evaluation is requested to pay an Evaluation Fee to the Evaluator. Evaluation fee is determined in accordance with the rule of JIPAC, depending upon the number of claims that it believes are essential to ARIB Standards.

    For a patent which has one or two claims per patent: 800,000JPY
    For a patent which has three or four claims per patent: 1,000,000JPY
    For a patent which has five claims or more per patent: 1,000,000JPY plus 100,000JPY per additional one (1) claim (accruing from the fifth claim)

    For more information, please see http://www.uldage.com. Those who are interested in patent evaluation process may go to http://www.ip-adr.gr.jp (JAPANESE LANGUAGE ONLY).

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