DVD 6C Licensing Agency
The DVD6C Licensing Agency was established in June, 1999 with the stated aim of facilitating the development and growth of the DVD market. DVD6C offers ease in the licensing process through allowing individual parties seeking licenses with a primary source, rather than negotiating with each member company separately. DVD6C licenses essential DVD patents owned by its member companies. This method creates a simple, efficient and effective process for obtaining licenses to these patents.
Original founding members of the group are Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Warner Home Video Inc., Toshiba Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC). In April, 2005 the founding members were joined by Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. and the Sharp Corporation. Also, in August 2005 Mitsubishi announced that it had acquired all IBM patents related to DVD Standard and they are also available for licensing in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth by DVD6C. In November 2006, Samsung Electronics Co. also joined as a DVD6C member.
The DVD6C’s founding of a worldwide joint licensing program for patents essential for DVD Standard conformed by DVD-Video players, DVD-ROM drives, DVD decoders and DVD-Video discs and DVD-ROM discs was soon followed by additional licensing programs as the market continues to grow. This comprehensive program now includes all products that conform to the DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD Video Recording Standard.