Toshiba Corporation Joins the G.729 Consortium

    MONTREAL, July 21 /CNW/ -- Sipro Lab Telecom (Sipro), the G.729 Patent
Pool Licensing Administrator, is pleased to announce that Toshiba Corporation
has joined the G.729 Consortium. The G.729 Consortium now represents and pools
together the intellectual property rights (IPR) essential to this ITU-T
standard of France Telecom, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Telegraph
and Telephone Corporation Universite de Sherbrooke, and Toshiba Corporation --
all recognized industry leaders in the area of speech coding and processing
    Sipro now represents the IPR portfolio of five (5) major
telecommunication innovators related to the G.729 technology on a worldwide
basis. "Adding Toshiba's IPR to the Patent Pool license delivers added value
for all existing and potential future licensees of the IPR represented by the
G.729 Consortium which through its licensing agent, Sipro, provides a single
point of contact to a more comprehensive pool of essential patents," says
Catharie Bechamp, Sipro's Vice President Licensing.
    Sipro and the G.729 Consortium have agreed to maintain the current Patent
Pool licensing terms and rates with the added value of Toshiba's essential
patents to ease the continued use of this proven speech coding solution by the
telecommunication industry.
    About G.729
    The G.729 standard and its annexes, an ITU (International
Telecommunication Union) approved recommendation, provides the
telecommunication industry with a low bit rate speech coding solution. In
today's market, G.729 is found in equipment and applications such as VoIP
gateways, IP phones, videoconferencing and teleconferencing, unified
messaging, Internet telephony, and other applications where the quality of
service, delay and bandwidth are important.
    About Sipro Lab Telecom
    Sipro Lab Telecom is patent pool administrator and licensing agent for
the G.729, G.723.1, G.729.1 and G.711.1 patent pools, with more than 10 years
experience in patent pool creation and management for standard speech and
audio coding technologies. Sipro's hallmarks are solid business ethics in
managing multiple patent pools, extensive knowledge of the telecommunications
market, and a proactive sales approach that contributes to optimum timeframes
for the conclusion of license agreements. Sipro actively contributes to the
spread of the technologies we represent through our services to partners and
customers. Sipro is a privately owned Canadian corporation, created in 1994
and based in Montreal, Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Beaudoin, Director of Licensing of
Sipro Lab Telecom Inc., +1-514-737-5874, Fax: +1-514-737-2327,
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