Samsung was sued by MPEG LA, a licensing entity that holds the patents of the HEVC video codec. The company was both a licensor and a licensee from 2014 to March 2020, according to Business Wire’s complaint. The problem is that the plaintiff claims that Samsung continues to offer products supporting HEVC even after its license expired in March 2020.
According to the related news shared by PC Gamer, the case in question is in Düsseldorf, Germany. MPEG LA; seeks injunctive relief, financial compensation and costs. This lawsuit specifically targets Samsung Electronics GmbH, Samsung’s German subsidiary.
HEVC, which stands for „High Efficiency Video Coding“, is a widely used video compression standard. Compared to the old AVC standard, HEVC provides up to 50% better data compression at the same video quality. Almost all current hardware, including computers and smartphones, supports some form of HEVC video encoding and decoding hardware.
Samsung has not yet responded to this lawsuit. It is a matter of curiosity why a big technology company like Samsung allowed the HEVC video codec to be licensed. Maybe there was something behind the scenes that we didn’t know about.