In a story for Streaming Media Magazine, I asked patent licensing authority MPEG-LA whether any claims had emerged against the VP8 video codec used Google’s WebM. As you recall, MPEG-LA announced a call for patents “essential” to VP8 in March 2011.
Apparently, there have been 12 patents found to be essential to Google’s WebM technology by MPEG-LA’s patent experts. The next step might be the formation of a patent pool which could then ask Google and Google’s licensees for royalties on VP8/WebM usage, though MPEG-LA did not state that a patent group was being formed.
It’s an incomplete picture for the time being, a moving picture. For the complete story, such that is, and Google’s response to all this, click here.