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Wi-LAN and Kith Consumer Products Sign Licensing Agreement
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
Wi-LAN, a technology innovator and a licensing company having licensed its intellectual property to over 260 companies worldwide, signed a multi-year running royalty license agreement with Kith Consumer Products, a provider of high definition LCD/LED televisions and digital set top boxes.
As indicated in a statement, the deal was signed for certain technologies in the Company's Digital TV and Display patent portfolio.
Wi-LAN has over 1,400 patents that relate to Digital TV and Display technology. Company believes that the success of its licensing program is driven by the quality of its patents, its negotiation-based methodology and the experience and expertise of its team.
WiLAN’s digital television portfolio consists of patents with broad global coverage. The portfolio covers:
· V-Chip: a technology that allows users of multimedia devices to block programming they consider inappropriate. Programming can be from a television broadcast, DVD/VCR/DVDR or computers capable of receiving and processing broadcast signals.
· Video Processing: technologies that enable frame rate conversion, picture-in-picture, motion estimation and video compression and decompression for digital video. The patents are relevant to industry standards, including video codec H.264/MPEG-4, one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression and distribution of high-definition video.
· Display Technologies: encompassing a range of applications including LCD and Plasma.
· IPTV (News - Alert) (Internet Protocol Television): technologies through which television services are delivered using Internet protocol instead of via traditional satellite signal and cable television formats.
Wi-LAN’s technologies are licensed by companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G and 4G handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi and broadband routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, cellular base stations and digital TV receivers.
The company recently entered an agreement with Espial (News - Alert) Group; a company focusing on on-demand TV software and solutions, where in it has agreed to assist Espial in licensing certain of Espial's patents related to video-over-IP technology.
Edited by Ashley Caputo