MPEG LA, LLC, is a Denver-based firm that licenses patent pools covering essential patents required for use of the MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Visual (Part 2), IEEE 1394, VC-1, ATSC and AVC/H.264 standards. The firm is also working towards pooled licensing of LTE patents pertaining to 4th generation cellular telephony and patents essential for WebM.
MPEG LA is not affiliated with MPEG, the Moving Picture Experts Group.
MPEG LA has claimed that video codecs such as Theora and VP8 infringe on patents owned by its licensors, without disclosing the affected patent or patents. Currently, they are calling out for “any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec”.
In May 2010, Nero AG filed an antitrust suit against MPEG LA, claiming it “unlawfully extended its patent pools by adding non-essential patents to the MPEG-2 patent pool” and has been inconsistent in charging royalty fees. According to MPEG-LA, the United States District Court for the Central District of…

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