SAN FRANCISCO Via Licensing Corp. said Tuesday (July 26) that it has added LG Electronics as a licensor to its joint patent licensing program for IEEE 802.11 implementation patents.
LG Electronics joins France Telecom SA, Fujitsu Ltd., Japan Radio Company Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, and Sony Corp. as licensors offering licenses jointly through the program. Customers essentially pay one fee to Via Licensing to gain access to all relevant patents from these companies.
Via Licensing (San Francisco), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories Inc., said the licensors have also agreed to a onetime extension of the signing incentive period for licensees, meaning the joint patent license now contains a provision that waives royalties for practice of the IEEE 802.11 standard for the period prior to Dec. 31, 2004 for companies that become licensees on or before Aug. 11 of this year.
Licensees signing after Aug. 11 will be required to pay license fees back to the beginning of their sale of products compliant with the IEEE 802.11 standard, Via Licensing said.
Via Licensing announced the availability of the joint patent license for patents that are applicable to the implementation of IEEE 802.11 on April 14.
The patent license agreement grants a license to all patents owned or licensable by the licensors that are essential to practice of the standard. As additional licensors join the program, the license fees do not change.
IEEE 802.11 is a published open standard that defines a range of methods for providing wireless local area networking services.