ODS and ODS Business Services Enter Into MPEG-2 Licenses with MPEG LA

    CHEVY CHASE, MD., March 6 /CNW/ - MPEG LA announced today that DVD
replicators ODS Optical Disc Service GmbH, Dassow, Germany, ("ODS"), as well
as the ODS Business Services Group companies ("ODS Business Services") ODS
Optical Disc Replication GmbH, Dassow, Germany, ODS Business Service Srl (just
renamed to ODS Optical Disc Service Srl), Milano, Italy, ODS Optical Disc
Service SAS, Quincy, France and the new affiliate ODS Optical Disc Replication
Limited, Swindon, UK, have entered into the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License
offered by MPEG LA. This also concludes actions in courts in the Federal
Republic of Germany and elsewhere.

    "MPEG LA looks forward to a cooperative relationship with ODS and ODS
Business Services, in which they join over 1,200 licensees including the
world's leading DVD video disc replicators, as licensees to MPEG LA's MPEG-2
Patent Portfolio License, which has helped enable the most widely employed
standard in consumer electronics history," said MPEG LA CEO Larry Horn.


    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 approximately 800
MPEG-2 essential patents in 57 countries, has more than 1000 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

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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