DVB advocates pre-commercial patent pool fostering

DVB has, in recent weeks, begun the distribution of a note to its sister standards developing organisations (SDOs) encouraging them to consider the fostering of patent pools applicable to their standards.

Within DVB, fostering is a pre-commercial activity to encourage the formation of licensing programmes (patent pools) covering patents essential to DVB standards. DVB has long taken this approach, convinced that early pool formation delivers greater market certainty on licensing terms and enables earlier market launch of its technology.