The call is in order to facilitate, for the convenience of the market, the creation of a joint license to the intellectual property of leading ATSC 3.0 developers on which those standards are based.
ATSC 3.0 is a set of next generation TV standards offering mobile television; enhanced personalization and interactivity including location-specific emergency alerts and consumer-directed advertising; advanced signal and data delivery; efficient spectrum usage; and enhanced video including high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR), wide color gamut (WCG) and 4K UHD features. ATSC 3.0 broadcasts are beginning in the Republic of Korea this year, and are expected to begin next year in the US.
“ATSC 3.0 represents a significant technological leap over current ATSC broadcast standards, developed some 20 years ago,” said Larry Horn, president and CEO of MPEG LA.
“MPEG LA is pleased to begin the process of creating an efficient one-stop license offering access to key intellectual property rights that will help make ATSC 3.0’s benefits available to consumers without delay.”
To participate in the initial meeting for the creation of a joint ATSC 3.0 Licence, any party that believes it has patents essential to the ATSC 3.0 standards is invited to submit them to MPEG LA by September 8, 2017. Please visit the website at http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/ATSC3.0/default.aspx for further information regarding submission procedures.
Although only issued patents will be included in the licence, patent applications with claims that owners believe are essential to the ATSC 3.0 standards and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted in order to participate in the licence development process.