V-chip hits price snag

V-chip hits price snag
Tom Foremski The introduction of the V-chip into US-sold TV sets is facing problems after TV manufacturers have protested about the high licence fees being demanded from patent holders. A 1996 law mandates that by July 1 this year at least half of all TV sets with 13in. or larger screens must include the V-chip to filter out violent and adult content. But several companies have laid claim to key parts of the V-chip technology and are demanding that the TV manufacturers pay the licence fees on the patents they own. The Electronic Industries Association developed the specifications for the V-chip standard in 1997 but since then, several companies have alleged that the standard infringes on their patents. The dispute over intellectual property rights could lead to demands from TV manufacturers that the law’s deadline be extended until the disputes are resolved.


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