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SanDisk sell MPEG Audio compression technology
Ralf Jurrien : March 20th 2007 - 13:38 CET
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SanDiskSanDisk sell MPEG Audio compression technology : SanDisk has acquired a patent license for the use of the MPEG Audio technology from Sisvel S.p.A and its US subsidiary, Audio MPEG, Inc. Under the license, SanDisk is licensed to sell products using the patented MPEG Audio compression technology developed by France Telecom, Telediffusion De France, Philips Electronics, and the Institut fur Rundfunktechnik. In light of the license agreement, the parties have agreed to dismiss the litigation and administrative proceedings pending between them. By taking a license, SanDisk has joined over 800 other companies that are licensed on these patents for MP3 players and other products using MPEG Audio compression technology.
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According to Daniel Schreiber, SanDisk’s vice president and general manager, Audio and Business Unit, “The agreement with Sisvel and Audio MPEG covers all of SanDisk’s music players for now and into the future.” Schreiber also stated that “SanDisk is pleased to have joined the licensing program and values the technology that becomes available under the agreement, as it increases our flexibility for an expanding line of audio/video products. The parties have had their differences, but this agreement moves them forward in the right direction.”

SanDisk - Sisvel & Audio MPEG
“The decision by SanDisk to take a patent license from Sisvel and Audio MPEG again clearly illustrates the success and importance of MPEG Audio in the field of audio compression and confirms the industry’s appreciation of the research and development behind MPEG Audio technology covered by the patents we are licensing” said General Richard Neal, USMC (Ret), President of Audio MPEG.

About Sisvel S.p.A.
Sisvel is a patent management company that has become a leader in its field. Founded in 1982,it has offices and subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Together with its U.S. subsidiary, Audio MPEG, Inc., Sisvel has the exclusive worldwide rights to grant licenses under patents for essential elements of the MP3 and MPEG audio compression standards. To date these patents have been licensed to over 600 companies.

About SanDisk Corp
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, California, and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S. More information on SanDisk SSDs is available online at the SanDisk web site.

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