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Samsung Joins DVD6C in Licensing DVD Patents

November 21, 2006

DVD6C Licensing Group
(Authorized Licensor: Toshiba Corporation)

TOKYO--The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C), whose members include eight leading developers of DVD technology and formats—Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. — today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SAMSUNG) joined its worldwide joint licensing program which provides manufacturers of DVD products the ability to license essential DVD patents owned by the group's members.

DVD6C has licensed essential DVD patents owned by its member companies since June 1999 (adding licensing for DVD-Recorders, DVD-Audio Players, DVD-R, -RW and -RAM Drives, DVD-Audio, -R, -RW, -and -RAM Discs and Cases in September 2003). DVD6C's licenses cover patents owned by the 6C member companies that are essential for products that comply with the DVD-format specifications defined by the DVD Forum.

Membership of SAMSUNG in the joint licensing program will benefit existing and future licensees of DVD6C, who will obtain a license to additional essential patents for the DVD products at no additional charge.

Interested parties will remain free to negotiate individual license agreements with DVD6C's member companies, rather than taking licenses from DVD6C. The member companies have committed to provide such licenses under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions.

For further information, please contact one of the following regional agents:

Toshihiro Shinohara
Vice President and General Manager
Toshiba DVD License Services, Inc.
5th Floor, Sumitomo-Hamamatsucho Bldg.
18-16, Hamamatsucho 1-chome, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-0013, Japan
Phone: +81-3-5777-3286
Fax: +81-3-5401-2503

Europe and Africa:
Masahiro Ogura
Vice President & General Manager
Toshiba of Europe Limited
Santander House
6th Floor, 100 Ludgate Hill,
London, EC4M 7RE
United Kingdom
Phone: +44(0)20 7332 9862
Fax: +44(0)20 7332 9889

Asia (excluding Japan), Oceania and the Middle East :
Takao Kato
Department Manager
DVD Licensing Center
Hitachi Ltd.
Shin-Otemachi Bldg., 2-1 Otemachi 2-chome,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan
Phone: +81-3-4232-5052
Fax: +81-3-4232-5091

The Americas :
Masahisa Saito
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Exclusive Regional Agent for DVD 6C Licensing Agency
c/o Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
201 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood Shores, California 94065, USA
Phone: 650-802-3146
Fax: 650-802-3100

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