FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the
HEVC Advance Patent Pool

  1. Do I need a License?
    • You most likely need a license if you sell any products that have HEVC/H.265 encoding and/or decoding capability/functionality. If you would like to discuss any particular products, please submit your request here.
  2. How do we become a Licensor of HEVC Advance?
    • Information regarding becoming a Licensor can be found here. Please fill out the form to request the patent instructions, and we will contact you and guide you through the process.
  3. What versions of the HEVC Standard are included in the License?
    • You can find that information here.
  4. We make software that is free for users to download. Do we need a License?
    • In general, HEVC software downloaded by users requires a license. However, there are some situations wherein a license is not needed. Therefore, we suggest that you Contact Us to discuss your particular software and we will let you know whether the software is covered by our agreement (and a license is needed), or not.
  5. Is there any initial payment to become a Licensee?
    • There is no initial payment to be a licensee, but a licensee is required to report its past sales of relevant products if applicable, and pay royalties applied to such sales after the execution of the license agreement. The payment for past sales promotes a level playing field among implementers. This ensures that companies that become licensees early are not financially disadvantaged and companies that delay becoming licensees are not financially rewarded.
  6. Which of my products require a License?
    • You can find that info here.
  7. What are the benefits to me of being a Licensee?
    • Licensees to the HEVC Advance Patent Pool enjoy several benefits. For example, the pool provides licensees a one-stop-shop for obtaining patents essential to HEVC/H.265 codecs for a single royalty from multiple licensors, rather than requiring licensees to negotiate separate licenses from individual licensors. Additionally, the licensee can be assured the royalty rates will not change as additional licensors and essential patents are added to the pool during the initial term, and any royalty rate increase for a renewal term is capped at 20%. The license promotes faster and more widespread adoption of HEVC/H.265 video compression within the larger ecosystem, which benefits licensees and consumers. Licensees enjoy a reputational benefit as an entity that respects intellectual property, which can confer legitimacy and reliability. A licensee’s customers enjoy comfort knowing HEVC products purchased from licensee are licensed to the HEVC Advance Patent Pool.
  8. How does Access Advance determine the royalties that are due?
    • A royalty is due upon the sale to an End User of a Consumer HEVC Product (or HEVC Content on Digital Media Storage) for which an HEVC Essential Patent (listed on the HEVC Advance Patent List) is in force, in either the country of manufacture or the country of sale/distribution. If there are no essential patents in both the country of manufacture and the country of sale/distribution of a particular product, then the licensee owes no royalties for HEVC products distributed or sold to End Users in that country. Our royalty reporting system has been designed to greatly assist our licensees with accurately reporting based on the country of manufacture and sale/distribution, and the reporting system then determines for the licensee the royalty-bearing units and total royalty owed.
  9. What are the steps to becoming a Licensee of HEVC Advance?
    • Generally, the process involves three steps. First, there is an initial contact between Access Advance and a potential licensee. After initial contact, the second step is for our licensing team to work with your team to explain the licensing program in more detail, including a discussion of scope and affected products. During this phase, the parties can be expected to discuss both commercial and technical aspects of the license, as well as an explanation of particular terms in the license agreement documents. The discussions during this phase can occur by telephone, videoconference, or in person as travel allows. The final step to becoming a licensee is for the parties to conclude a patent license agreement (and optionally, a trademark license agreement). The license includes a payment for the licensee’s past sales of products with HEVC/H.265 codecs (if the licensee signs up before selling products with HEVC/H.265, then the past sales amount would be $0). After the license is concluded, the Access Advance administrative team assists licensees with orientation to the royalty reporting system and to confirm compliant patent marking and, if applicable, trademark marking from the outset.
  10. How does Access Advance handle any overlap in patent coverage with other pools, or with bilateral agreements with particular Licensors?
    • Access Advance has established a Duplicate Royalty Policy and a Duplicate Royalty Implementation Process. These were designed to address the potential overlap in patent coverage based on a licensee participating as a licensee in another patent pool that includes Access Advance licensors, or due to a licensee’s bilateral license agreements with one or more licensors in Access Advance’s HEVC Advance Patent Pool. In general, it is up to our licensors to decide how to address the possibility of duplicate royalties upon notification from the licensee that a potential duplicate royalty situation exists. Access Advance stands ready to assist licensees and licensors with making the process as easy as possible as set forth under the Policy.  Access Advance’s process is sophisticated enough that it can determine duplicate royalties down to the product category or individual patent level. You can read about the policy and implementation process here.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the VVC Advance Patent Pool

  1. When will Access Advance announce the terms for the VVC Advance Patent Pool?
    • Terms will be announced as soon as patent owners complete their discussions to determine pool terms and conditions.
  2. How do we become a Licensor of VVC Advance?
    • Please complete this form to let us know you are interested in becoming a Licensor. We will contact you and guide you through the process.
  3. Will the VVC Advance Patent Pool have the same terms as the HEVC Advance Patent Pool?
    • Structurally, we expect our VVC Advance Patent Pool license to be almost the same as our HEVC Advance Patent Pool license. Certain terms, such as royalty rates and caps, will be different.
  4. How many Licensors and VVC essential patents will the VVC Advance Patent Pool have once launched?
    • We expect to have a critical mass of both licensors and essential VVC patents when we launch the pool, and we expect that the number of licensors and essential patents will increase over time.
  5. What is the Multi-Codec Bridging Agreement (“MCBA”)?
    • The MCBA will be a separate agreement available as an option to licensees of both the HEVC Advance Patent Pool and the VVC Advance Patent Pool. The MCBA will provide benefits to licensees which will include streamlined reporting and invoicing/payment and discounted royalty rates and caps, as compared to what a licensee would pay under the separate HEVC Advance and VVC Advance patent pools.
  6. We believe we have essential VVC patents. Can we have them evaluated now? If so, what do we need to do?
    • Yes, we are accepting patents for VVC essentiality evaluations. Please fill out this form and let us know you are interested in submitting your patents for evaluation. We will contact you and guide you through the process.