- Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee today announced that it has licensed its United States Patent No. 5,828,402 to an original equipment manufacturer in China for selected brand name models. The contract can be expanded to include other digital television products for that brand if and when they are manufactured for the U.S. Market. The license is valid through the expiration of the patent in 2016.
OEM manufacturers are used by many major brand names. Tri-Vision is in various stages of discussions with more than 20 companies who have communicated intent to acquire a license under the U.S. patent. Many of these companies are already licensed in Canada.
Companies which have acquired V-chip licenses for Tri-Vision's Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 and/or U.S. Patent No. 5,828,402 include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Philips, JVC, Matsushita, Sharp, Pioneer, Apex Digital, Samsung, LG Electronics, Funai, Orion, Toshiba, Eastech, Erae Electronics, Seiko Epson, Shenzhen KXD, Newlane, Xiamen, Konka, Optoma, Coretronic, ViewSonic, TTE, Syntax-Brillian, NEC, Akai, Chunghwa, and several others.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated new rules to ensure that the V-chip can respond to any rating system changes in all digital television receiver products. Tri-Vision's open V-chip (also known as V-chip 2.0) is the only known, patented technology capable of accepting modified or new rating systems. The FCC rules took effect March 15, 2006.
About Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltee
Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltee is a public company founded in 1986. Shares of the Company trade on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol TVL. Tri-Vision operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. and Think Broadband Solutions Inc.
Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. - Owns the sole rights to U.S. V-chip Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian V-chip Patent No. 2,179,474 and licenses V-chip globally. This subsidiary also markets Data Video Distribution System, Secure Pay TV, Addressable Pay TV (pay per view), Hotel Pay TV and Cable TV equipment worldwide.
Think Broadband Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor to Canada's broadband industry for Scientific Atlanta, Andrew Corp., PCT North America and Samsung specializes in in-country equipment sales and supply, logistical support, niche product design and development, in-house and offshore manufacturing capabilities.