About AV1

AV1 (AOMedia Video 1) is a video coding format announced by the Alliance for Open Media to principally support video services over the Internet. The Alliance for Open Media is an industrial consortium founded in 2015 by Apple, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix.

AV1 developed following the merger of different independent pre-existing projects, including: VP10 developed by Google in the WebM Project, Mozilla/Xiph’s Daala codec and Cisco’s Thor. Several releases of the reference code were published between 2016 and 2018, the first version of the specification having been released on March 28th, 2018 by the Alliance for Open Media.

AV1 has been designed for real-time applications (WebRTC being an example) and compression of standard and high-quality content, including 4K, HDR and high framerate formats.

AV1 supports lossy and lossless coding and scalable formats.

For additional technical information relating to the AV1 technology visit https://aomedia.org/av1-features/get-started/

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Patent Owners

Sisvel has the right to grant non-exclusive licences to AV1 patents owned or controlled by the following patent owners:

  • B1 Institute of Image Technology, Inc.

  • Dolby International AB

  • Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)

  • GE Video Compression, LLC

  • Godo Kaisha IP Bridge

  • IDEAHUB Inc.

  • Intellectual Discovery

  • JVCKENWOOD Corporation

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

  • Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)

  • Koninklijke Philips N.V.

  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

  • NTT Docomo

  • Orange S.A.

  • RAI - Radio Televisione Italiana S.p.A.

  • Sejong University

  • SK Planet Co., Ltd.

  • SK Telecom

  • Toshiba Corporation

  • Xylene Holding S.A.*

*Patents held by Xylene Holding S.A. include patents previously held by Mitsubishi Electric Corp

Patents

Sisvel has the right to grant non-exclusive licences to patents related to the AV1 specification listed in the patent brochure. Click below to download the documentation.

The table in the documents below allows interested parties to understand how the AV1 patents licensed by Sisvel are utilised by products complying with those specifications and, to this end, indicates relevant specifications and sections of the specifications.

AV1 PATENT BROCHURE *

NB. Patents held by Xylene Holding S.A. include patents previously held by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

* the Patent Brochure and Patent List will be supplemented and updated from time to time when new evaluations are concluded

AV1 Licence Terms

Sisvel offers royalty-bearing, non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive licences, with no right to grant sublicences, to patents related to the AV1 specification. The licence offered covers any consumer product making use of the AV1 specification.

The licence offered by Sisvel does not cover components or subassemblies such as, without limitation, chipsets, semiconductor components or embedded modules.

The royalty rates are offered on a per product basis, applicable for consumer devices making use of the AV1 specification, as per the table below:

 

Standard Rate

Compliant Rate

Consumer Display Device*

EUR 0.32

EUR 0.24

Consumer Non-Display Device**

EUR 0.11

EUR 0.08

*Consumer Display Device includes any consumer product that is capable of enabling visual demonstration or presentation of data and/or images, such as but not limited to smartphones, tablets, notebooks, computers, convertibles, TVs, video projectors, photo cameras (with display) and video cameras (with display).

**Consumer Non-Display Device includes any consumer product that is not capable of enabling visual demonstration or presentation of data and/or images, such as but not limited to set-top-boxes, video and gaming consoles, virtual reality and/or augmented reality devices, dongles, decoders and players, home theatres and streaming media players, photo cameras (without display), video cameras (without display), desktop PCs (without display) and graphic cards.

Provided a licensee is in full compliance with its obligations under the AV1 licence agreement, the applicable royalty rate payable for each licensed product is the Compliant Rate.

As an alternative to the above running royalty scheme, a yearly committed volume scheme can be chosen. Under such scheme, the royalty is paid in advance per calendar year for the undertaken committed volumes of a relevant AV1 product category as per the tables below:

Consumer Display Devices 

Minimum Commitment threshold (no. of units) 

Maximum Commitment threshold (no. of units) 

Applicable royalty rate per unit 

1  

100,000  

EUR 0.168

100,001  

1,000,000  

EUR 0.156

1,000,001  

25,000,000  

EUR 0.144

25,000,001  

75,000,000  

EUR 0.132

75,000,001 or above  

unlimited 

EUR 0.120

Consumer Non-Display Devices 

Minimum Commitment threshold (no. of units) 

Maximum Commitment threshold (no. of units) 

Applicable royalty rate per unit 

1  

20,000  

EUR 0.056

20,001  

200,000  

EUR 0.052

200,001  

5,000,000  

EUR 0.048

5,000,001  

14,000,000  

EUR 0.044

14,000,001 or above  

unlimited 

EUR 0.040

More information is available upon request.

The complete terms and conditions of the licence offering under Sisvel’s AV1 licence programme can be found via the following link: AV1 agreement.

Number of licensees

This is the number of companies which currently have a finalised licence agreement covering the VP9 and/or AV1 patents.

Current VP9 / AV1 Licensees

60

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*Please note that this section will be updated on a regular basis

Documents

For your convenience, please find below supporting documentation for the completion of a licence application.

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