The French consumer electronics group Thomson has signed an accord with the two principal bodies representing Chinese makers of DVD players, defining the conditions under which they may use patents held by Thomson.
"This agreement will further strengthen Thomson's licensing business, which was already a significant contributor to revenues in 2003," the company said in a statement.
The agreement applies to DVD players supplied both within China and as exports.
It was signed with the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA), which is linked to the country's Ministry of Information and Industry, and the Chamber of Commerce for Electrical Equipment (CCCME), which is allied with the country's Ministry of Trade.
With the the agreement, all members of the CAIA are now allowed to begin using Thomson's DVD patents during the course of the next few months.
That means that more than 60 companies will have access to the patents, subject to royalty payments, Thomson said.
Chinese companies manufacture more than one-half of all DVD players worldwide, while Thomson was a founding member of the consortium that developed DVD technology.
The French company is also preparing to launch a new research center in China, it said. (AFP)
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