Digimarc Settles With Arbitron
March 24, 2010 at 5:47 AM (PT)
ARBITRON and DIGIMARC CORP. have settled a lawsuit (NET NEWS 8/21/2009) over nine patents covering technology involved in the PORTABLE PEOPLE METER. DIGIMARC REPORTEDLY sent ARBITRON a letter in JULY 2009, saying ARBITRON’s technique for detecting code embedded in radio broadcasts, PPM's technology, infringes on patents held by DIGIMARC.
DIGIMARC has now entered into a collaborative licensing arrangement with ARBITRON contingent upon payment of $4.5 million from ARBITRON by MARCH 29th. ARBITRON will receive a non-exclusive, worldwide, and irrevocable license to a substantial portion of DIGIMARC's domestic and international patent portfolio (including related future and pending patent applications).
The arrangement provides ARBITRON, its licensees and customers with various rights in DIGIMARC's technology including the rights to use it to enhance the ARBITRON PPM technology through the end of 2021, or until the last licensed DIGIMARC patent expires.