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Microsoft now a Licensor/Licensee of HEVC Advance Patent Pool

Tech giant Microsoft is now a Licensor and Licensee of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) Advance Patent Pool. 

As a Licensor, all of Microsoft’s HEVC/H.265 essential patents are now included under the HEVC Advance Patent Pool license. As a Licensee, Microsoft gains access to the over 16,500 (and counting) world-wide patents essential to implementing the HEVC/H.265 video codec standard licensed through the HEVC Advance Pool.

Peter Moller, CEO of Access Advance, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Microsoft, one of the world’s most recognised and respected companies and a leader in innovation, to our HEVC Advance programme.

“Microsoft becoming a licensee, as well as a licensor, making their H.265/HEVC essential patents available for license through the HEVC Advance Patent Pool, further demonstrates the value of our HEVC Advance pool license.”

Access Advance (formerly HEVC Advance) is an independent licensing administrator company formed to lead the development, administration, and management of patent pools for licensing essential patents of the most important standards-based video codec technologies. 

Access Advance currently manages and administers the HEVC Advance Patent Pool for licensing patents essential to H.265/HEVC technology, and the separate and independent VVC (Versatile Video Coding) Advance Patent Pool for licensing essential patents to VVC/H.266 technology.

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