Joint license available from six leading intellectual property owners; program extends incentive period for early signing licensees
San Francisco, July 26, 2005—Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of LG Electronics as a licensor in its joint patent licensing program that offers a license for patents that are essential for implementation of the IEEE 802.11 family of standards as defined in the patent license agreement. LG Electronics joins France Telecom SA, Fujitsu Limited, Japan Radio Company Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, and Sony Corporation as licensors offering licenses jointly through the program.
In addition, the licensors have agreed to a onetime extension of the signing incentive period for licensees. As a result, the joint patent license now contains a provision that waives royalties for practice of the IEEE 802.11 Standard for the period prior to December 31, 2004 for companies that become licensees on or before August 11, 2005. Licensees signing after that date will be required to pay license fees back to the beginning of their sale of products compliant with the IEEE 802.11 Standard.
Joint licensing programs provide the market with a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain licenses to the patents essential to practice of the standard. By doing so, the programs encourage greater adoption of the standard. Without such a joint license, the process of providing and obtaining necessary licenses would be cumbersome and expensive for all parties. 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.
Companies that offer end-user products that practice the IEEE 802.11 Standard should visit www.vialicensing.com to learn more about the joint patent license and to request a sample agreement for review.
The IEEE 802.11 Standard is an internationally published open standard that defines a range of methods for providing wireless local area networking services. IEEE 802.11 networking is flexible and convenient. In homes, businesses, and public places, wireless networks can be established to provide connectivity to the wider world. IEEE 802.11 devices combine portability, mobility, and high data rates to bring networking to more places than it has ever been.
About Via Licensing Corporation
Via Licensing Corporation develops and administers patent licensing programs or patent pools on behalf of innovative technology companies and for the convenience of licensees. Via Licensing Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and benefits from the expertise, infrastructure, and strategic business relationships that Dolby has developed in more than 35 years of licensing into the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Via Licensing is involved in the development and operation of licensing programs for both mandated and de facto or emerging standards. For more information about Via Licensing Corporation, please visit www.vialicensing.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the benefits of joint licensing programs, the greater adoption of standards through joint licensing programs, the effects and/or the likelihood of additional licensors joining the program, and the benefits of IEEE 802.11 capable products, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements to differ materially from anticipated results, include, without limitation, risks associated with licensing technologies through patent pools; risks associated with licensing industry standards technologies; risks associated with developing proprietary technology in markets in which "open standards" are adopted; market acceptance of IEEE 802.11 capable devices; rapid changes in networking technologies; risks associated with the development of markets for wireless local area networking services; and other risks detailed in Dolby's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including its quarterly report on From 10-Q filed with the SEC for the quarter ended April 1, 2005. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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