MPEG LA, LLC is a firm based in Denver, Colorado that licenses patent pools covering essential patents required for use of the MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Visual (Part 2), IEEE 1394, VC-1, ATSC, MVC, MPEG-2 Systems and AVC/H.264 standards. MPEG LA also offers a license for Wireless Mesh technology. The firm is working towards pooled licensing of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard.
MPEG LA is not affiliated with MPEG, the Moving Picture Experts Group.
MPEG LA started operations in July 1997 immediately after receiving a Department of Justice Business Review Letter. During formation of the MPEG-2 standard, a working group of companies that participated in the formation of the MPEG-2 standard recognized that the biggest challenge to adoption was efficient access to essential patents owned by many patent owners. That ultimately led to a group of eight MPEG-2 patent owners -- Fujitsu, Panasonic, Sony, Mitsubishi, Scientific Atlanta, Columbia University, Philips and General Instrument -- along with CableLabs and certain individuals, to form MPEG LA, which in turn created the first modern-day patent pool as a solution.
In September 2012, MPEG LA launched Librassay®, which makes diagnostic patent rights from some of the world's leading research institutions available to everyone through a single license. Organizations which have included patents in Librassay® include Johns Hopkins University; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; National Institutes of Health (NIH); Partners HealthCare; The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University; The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania; The University of California, San Francisco; and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
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. They then called out for “any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec”. In April 2013, Google and MPEG LA announced an agreement covering the VP8 video format. 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 California dismissed the suit with prejudice on November 29, 2010.
H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Licensors 
The following organizations hold one or more patents in the H.264/AVC patent pool.
- Apple Inc.
- Cisco Systems Canada Co.
- Cisco Technology, Inc.
- Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
- Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
- France Télécom, société anonyme
- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
- Fujitsu Limited
- Hewlett-Packard Company
- Hitachi, Ltd.
- JVC Kenwood Corporation
- Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
- LG Electronics Inc.
- Microsoft Corporation
- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
- NTT docomo
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
- Panasonic Corporation
- Polycom, Inc.
- Robert Bosch GmbH
- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
- Sedna Patent Services, LLC
- Sharp Corporation
- Siemens AG
- Sony Corporation
- Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
- The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
- Toshiba Corporation
- Vidyo, Inc.
- ZTE Corporation
See also 
- "Revolutionizing Intellectual Property Rights Management". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- Loli-Queru, Eugenia (2010-05-01), Why Our Civilization's Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA, OSNews
- Clendenin, Mike (2007-03-12), Chinese set-top box makers, MPEG LA face off over patent fees, EE Times
- "MPEG LA Business Review Letter". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- "MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)" (PDF) (Press release). Denver, CO: MPEG LA. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- "MPEG LA’s Librassay® Removes Patent Barriers to Diagnostics for Personalized Medicine" (PDF) (Press release). Denver, CO: MPEG LA. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- "MPEG LA Continues to Expand Librassay® with Addition of WARF" (PDF) (Press release). Denver, CO: MPEG LA. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- Ozer, Jan (2010-03-04), Ogg, MPEG LA, and Submarine Patents, StreamingMedia.com
- Metz, Cade (2010-04-30), Steve Jobs: mystery patent pool to attack Ogg Theora, The Register
- Blankenhorn, Dana (2010-05-02), Behind the open codec FUD attack, ZDNet
- Metz, Cade (2010-05-20), Google backs open codec against patent trolls, The Register
- Metz, Cade (2010-05-21), Google open video codec may face patent clash, The Register
- Fulton, Scott M. (2010-05-21), Patent pool may be in the works for 'free' VP8 codec, Betanews
- Blankenhorn, Dana (2010-05-24), FUD pushing back hard against Google WebM, ZDNet
- MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to VP8 Video Codec, Denver, CO: MPEG LA, 2011-02-10, retrieved 2010-02-12
- "Google and MPEG LA Announce Agreement Covering VP8 Video Format" (PDF) (Press release). Denver, CO: MPEG LA. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- Holwerda, Thom (2010-05-24), Nero Files Antitrust Case Against MPEG-LA, OSNews
- "Court Dismisses with Prejudice Nero AG’s Antitrust Claim Against MPEG LA" (PDF) (Press release). Denver, CO: MPEG LA. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
- AVC/H.264 Licensors
- MPEG LA corporate website
- New MPEG LA MPEG-2 License Agreement Offers Extended Coverage at Reduced Royalty Rates (Press Release on businesswire.com)
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