SOURCE: Widevine


January 25, 2010 09:00 ET

Widevine Issued Milestone 60th Patent

Multimillion-Dollar Research and Development Investment Yields Widevine a Powerful Portfolio of Digital Media Innovations

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Widevine, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, today announced the company has reached a patenting milestone by logging its 60th patent issued worldwide. "System, Method, and Apparatus for Securely Providing Content Viewable on a Secure Device" (U. S. Patent 7,640,435), covers technologies that allow consumers to enjoy High Definition (HD) entertainment securely over the Internet. The premium content may be viewed using Internet connected consumer electronics and mobile devices.

The patent brings new innovation to online entertainment by allowing content owners to confidently deliver video to consumers anywhere and on any device. Obtaining its 60th patent marks Widevine's progress in developing digital media innovations through its multimillion-dollar research and development efforts.

"This milestone patent marks the continued innovation we have achieved in our portfolio of digital media solutions in the past few years," said Mani Aliabadi, general counsel for Widevine. "Through our extensive patent portfolio, we are able to confidently license our products to the industry, while increasing the availability of our innovations and providing solutions to customers backed with the seal of patented approval."

Widevine plays a central role in the delivery of video to Internet-connected retail consumer electronics and the "TV Everywhere" strategies of cable, satellite and telephone companies. The company's software platform optimizes the entertainment experience for content delivered over any network to any device. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems and more.

"We are very excited that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office continues to recognize Widevine's innovation in the areas of video entertainment. With this new patent, Widevine can further ensure our customers can securely expand their distribution to retail consumer electronics with an unequaled level of content security," said Brian Baker, Widevine CEO. "Widevine has proven we are not only the market leaders, but that we also have one of the most talented concentrations of content security expertise in the world."

About Widevine

Widevine provides digital media solutions for the delivery of digital entertainment to any device. Hundreds of service providers use Widevine's multiplatform, multiformat DRM and video optimization solutions for securing high quality video and audio. Today, millions of consumers enjoy digital entertainment secured and optimized by Widevine on retail consumer electronics devices and legacy STBs from all major consumer brands. With 60 patents Widevine is an industry leader and innovator of content protection and video optimization technologies.

Widevine is a privately held corporation headquartered in Seattle, WA, funded by Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), Charter Ventures, Constellation Ventures, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP), Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA), PaceSetter Capital Group, Phoenix Partners, Samsung Ventures America, TELUS (NYSE: TU), VantagePoint Venture Partners, Western Technology Investments and an unnamed corporation.

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