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General Electric, Ericsson Seek Royalties From Movie Streaming

  • Companies join patent-licensing pool on streaming technologies
  • Licensing pool could get pushback from Google, Apple group

General Electric Co., Ericsson AB and NTT Docomo Inc. have joined a patent-licensing pool that’s seeking to collect royalties on devices used in the booming movie-streaming market, setting up a potential fight with Google, Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

The pool brings together hundreds of patents owned by a dozen companies as a “one-stop shop” for companies that use the VP9 and AV1 video coding formats, according to Sisvel International SA, a global intellectual property company organizing the pool. The patents involved are used to compress video and are key to streaming media.