V-chip patent licensees flocking to Wi-LAN

A Korean digital television manufacturer, two Chinese companies and a US firm are the latest in a string of companies who’ve licensed Wi-LAN’s patents for V-chip parental control technology. Hyundai IT, which makes LCD televisions and computer monitors, has WiLan.jpglicensed the patents on a running royalty-basis through to 2016, when the patents end. Ottawa-based Wi-LAN also licensed the V-chip patents to Chinese firms Dongguan Contel Electronics Co. Ltd. and Zhejiang Tianle Digital Electric Co. Ltd., as well as to Arizona-based PCT International Inc. The American firm is readying itself for the start of the US governments Converter Coupon Program, which will in January begin distributing as many as 33 million US$40 coupons to American households, to pay for converter boxes which will allow television owners to continue using their analog TV sets once analog broadcast signals are discontinued early in 2009. Wi-LAN has now signed over 100 agreements for its US and Canadian V-chip patents.

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