Call for essential patents now includes IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX
San Francisco, January 19, 2006—Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to expand its outstanding call for essential patents reading on the IEEE 802.16™ specification to include the IEEE 802.16e™ amendment. The IEEE 802.16e specification, titled "Air Interface for Fixed and Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems—Amendment for Physical and Medium Access Control Layers for Combined Fixed and Mobile Operation in Licensed Bands," is identified by the IEEE as document number IEEE Std 802.16e-2005 and is also referred to as Mobile WiMAX.
Mobile WiMAX devices such as mobile phones and portable computers will have the ability to travel between base stations while maintaining long-range broadband connectivity for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), audio, video, and data services.
The complete list of documents for the IEEE 802.16 specification, which this patent call now encompasses, consists of:
- IEEE Std 802.16e-2005
- IEEE Std 802.16-2004
- IEEE Std 802.16f-2005
Copies of the above referenced documents can be obtained online from the IEEE at www.ieee.org.
The goal of expanding the call for patents is to identify owners of the patents that are necessary for the practice of the IEEE 802.16 wireless networking standards listed above. Essential patents are understood to be issued patents that have one or more claims that would necessarily be infringed by the implementation or use of the IEEE 802.16 standard.
Any entity that believes it has a granted patent that is essential to the normative portions of the IEEE 802.16 standard and wishes to participate in a group of essential patent holders jointly offering to license their patents is invited to contact Via Licensing Corporation for information about how to submit patents for evaluation. To request such information, interested entities should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying their interest in making a submission for consideration of essentiality to the IEEE 802.16 standard.
About Via Licensing Corporation
Via Licensing Corporation develops and administers patent licensing programs, frequently referred to as patent pools, on behalf of innovative technology companies and for the convenience of licensees. Licensing programs developed by Via Licensing are generally based on mandated or de facto technology standards. Current licensing programs offered by Via Licensing include IEEE 802.11™, MPEG-2 AAC, MPEG-4 Audio, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), TV-Anytime, and H.264/AVC. Licensing programs in development by Via Licensing include Near Field Communication (NFC), IEEE 802.16, Digital Video Broadcasting Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP), and OpenCable™ Application Platform (OCAP™). Via Licensing Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB). For more information about Via Licensing Corporation, please visit www.vialicensing.com.