Samsung sues for patent infringement on HEVC encoding technology

Samsung sues for patent infringement on HEVC encoding technology

The American company MPEG LA filed a lawsuit against Samsung. The plaintiff alleges that the South Korean giant infringed its patent rights on technologies related to HEVC digital video encoding. Relevant statement released on the MPEG LA website.

    Image source: Digital TV Europe

Image source: Digital TV Europe

MPEG LA announced that a similar lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for infringement of MPEG LA’s HEVC patent portfolio has been filed in a court in Düsseldorf, Germany. Plaintiff alleges that these patents are essential to the HEVC digital video coding standard, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2. It is used in products that encode and decode video for Internet, television, and mobile transmission, reception, and consumption.

The lawsuit alleges that Samsung Electronics was both a licensor and licensee of MPEG LA’s HEVC patent portfolio from the fall of 2014 until its license expired in March 2020. However, even after the license agreement between the two parties ended, Samsung continued to offer products on the German market, including smartphones, tablets and TVs, that utilize MPEG LA’s HEVC patents.

According to Digital TV Europe, this is not the first time MPEG LA has been sued against Samsung Electronics. In January 2015, it won a $115 million lawsuit against a South Korean company. The court then ruled that Samsung had wrongly terminated contracts with MPEG LA. In 2018, that decision was overturned by the New York State Court of Appeals, which ruled that the termination of the collaboration was in accordance with the agreement mandated by both parties.


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