SOURCE: USA Video Interactive Corp.

January 10, 2007 10:05 ET

USVO Enters Into License Agreement With Digimarc

BEAVERTON, OR and NIANTIC, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 10, 2007 -- USA Video Interactive Corp. (OTCBB: USVO) (TSX-V: US) (BERLIN: USF) (FRANKFURT: USF) has entered into a multi-year patent license agreement with Digimarc Corporation. The non-exclusive agreement licenses Digimarc's digital watermarking patents to USVO for use in forensic tracking applications of commercially available video, pre-release video, and home marketing screening video. The agreement supports USVO's media tracking digital watermarking business as the company continues with its MediaEscort™ and MediaSentinel™ sales efforts.

"We are delighted to be working with USVO, and support their market development efforts with a license to our digital watermarking intellectual property," said Reed Stager, executive vice president, Digimarc. "USVO is bringing new products and approaches to helping media and entertainment companies, and we look forward to working with them to expand the market opportunity for digital watermarking applications."

"Digimarc is one of the pioneers in digital watermarking innovation, and we are pleased to have established this new relationship with them. We appreciate their support as USVO moves forward with delivering a comprehensive set of digital watermarking solutions and services to serve the media and entertainment industry," said Patrick Gregston, Manager of Sales for USVO.

"This agreement comes on the heels of USVO's previous announcement of securing a contract with one of Hollywood's major studio divisions. This is another landmark for us in establishing USVO and MediaEscort in our approach to watermarking as a solution to the growing challenges of digital content distribution," said Gregston.

With video content being distributed over the Internet, piracy remains a great concern. MediaEscort is designed to meet the needs of this new market segment. MediaEscort is a software application that resides on customers' video servers. It will automatically and seamlessly embed SmartMarks -- invisible forensic information in every frame of video content -- during Internet delivery, providing the proof courts need to protect intellectual property rights, indicting and convicting the individuals who steal the original material.

About Digimarc:

Digimarc Corporation, based in Beaverton, Oregon, is a leading supplier of secure identity and media management solutions. Digimarc provides products and services that enable the annual production of more than 60 million personal identification documents, including two-thirds of U.S. driver licenses and IDs for more than 20 countries. Digimarc's digital watermarking technology provides a persistent digital identity for various media content and is used to enhance the security of financial documents, identity documents and digital images, and support other media rights management applications.

Digimarc has an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with more than 300 issued U.S. patents with more than 5,000 claims, and more than 500 pending patent applications in digital watermarking, personal identification and related technologies. The Company is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, with other U.S. offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Washington, DC area; and international offices in London and Mexico. Please go to for more company information.

About USVO:

USA Video Interactive Corp. ("USVO") designs and markets technology for delivery of digital media. USVO developed its MediaSentinel™ and SmartMark™ digital watermarking technology to provide a robust means for producers and distributors to invisibly protect their content. USA Video Technology Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of USVO, holds the pioneering patent for store-and-forward video, filed in 1990 and issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on July 14, 1992; it has been cited by at least 200 other patents. USVO holds similar patents in Germany, Canada, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Japan. For more information, visit

USA Video Interactive Corporate Headquarters Office: 8 West Main Street, Niantic, Connecticut, 06357, Telephone (860) 739-8030, Facsimile (860) 739-8070; Canada Office: 507 - 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3N6. Trading symbol on the OTCBB: USVO; Trading symbol on the TSX Venture Exchange US; Trading symbol on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges: USF. CUSIP 902924208. For more information contact (860) 739-8030 or

The press release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ from those described.

MediaEscort, MediaSentinel and SmartMark are trademarks of USA Video Interactive Corp.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contact Information

  • Digimarc Public Relations Contact:
    Leslie Constans
    (503) 469-4620

    USVO Investor Relations Contact:
    (860) 739-8030