Thomson Joins Patent Pool for Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standard
Mar 13, 2007
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Thomson announced recently that is has joined the ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses) patent pool, established by a consortium of Japanese broadcasters and electronic companies to license the ARIB essential patents. This patent pool is managed by ULDAGE Inc, a Japanese incorporated company, and now includes 11 member companies. The patent pool will facilitate ARIB standards access for all consumer electronics companies operating in Japan. Several major Japanese companies have already take a license from this newly established patent pool.

Thomson owns essential patents to the Digital Television (DTV) Standards deployed in Japan, known as the ARIB standards. In addition to applications in the DTV arena, these standards are used in many other products such as mobile phones and car navigation systems.

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