MPEG LA Sues DVD Video Disc Manufacturer Regency Media Pty Ltd., of Australia for Breach of MPEG-2 License Agreement



    Suit Also Names AAV Regency Pty Ltd. and AAV Regency Management Pty Ltd.

    DENVER, April 9 /CNW/ - MPEG LA, LLC today announced that it has sued DVD
video disc manufacturer Regency Media Pty Ltd. of Australia for breach of its
MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License ("Contract") with MPEG LA. The suit also names
related entities AAV Regency Pty Ltd. and AAV Regency Management Pty Ltd.
According to the complaint filed in the United States District Court for the
District of Colorado, Regency repeatedly has breached its contractual
obligations to MPEG LA by failing to report the manufacture and sale of MPEG-2
Royalty Products and pay royalties as required by the Contract. MPEG LA seeks,
among other things, monetary damages and an accounting of all products subject
to the Contract, as well as injunctive relief prohibiting Regency from the
manufacture or sale of MPEG-2 Royalty Products.

    The MPEG-2 Standard is the core technology underlying the efficient
creation, transmission, storage and display of digitized moving images and
sound tracks on which DVD and other digital technologies are based; and the
DVD-Video Standard (DVD Specifications for Read-Only Disc, Part 3: VIDEO
SPECIFICATIONS) requires DVD Video discs to contain information formatted in
accordance with the MPEG-2 Standard.

    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 825
MPEG-2 essential patents in 57 countries, has approximately 1200 licensees
accounting for most MPEG-2 products, including an estimated 90% of all DVD
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.




For further information:

For further information: MPEG LA, LLC Michelle Ott, 301-986-6660 Fax:
301-986-8575 mott@mpegla.com

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