DENVER, CO, US – APRIL 8, 2009 – MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced that it has commenced an action against Expedia Media LLC (“Expedia Media”) for breach of contractual obligations as a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License (the “MPEG-2 Contract”).
According to the complaint filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Expedia Media has breached its contractual obligations by failing to report fully its manufacture or sale of products such as DVD Video discs that use the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard, failing to make full payments for its manufacture or sale of such products, and refusing to allow an audit as permitted by the MPEG-2 Contract.
MPEG LA seeks, among other things, monetary damages and an accounting of all products manufactured, used, sold or otherwise disposed of by Expedia Media that are subject to the MPEG-2 Contract.
MPEG LA, LLC
MPEG LA is the world leader in alternative technology licenses, enabling users to acquire worldwide patent rights necessary for a technology standard or platform from multiple patent holders in a single transaction as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Wherever an independently administered one-stop patent license would provide a convenient marketplace alternative to assist users with implementation of their technology choices, the licensing model pioneered and employed by MPEG LA may provide a solution. Among MPEG LA’s licenses is one for MPEG-2 digital video compression that has helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics history. The MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License, which includes more than 870 MPEG-2 essential patents in 57 countries, has more than 1400 licensees accounting for most MPEG-2 products including set-top boxes, DVD players, digital television sets, personal computers and DVD Video Discs in the current world market. MPEG LA is an independent licensing administrator; it is not related to any standards agency and is not an affiliate of any patent holder. For more information, please refer to http://www.mpegla.com.