Sisvel and RFID Consortium Offer Limited Extension of Royalty Discounts for UHF RFID Licensing

By Sisvel Us Inc., PRNE
Monday, May 23, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 24, 2011 -

- Early Adopter Rates Now Available Until November 30, 2011

Sisvel US and the RFID Consortium today announced a limited extension of
the "early adopter" discount royalty rates offered under the Consortium's UHF
RFID licensing program. Launched on August 31, 2010, the licensing program
included an initial early adopter period that expired at the end of March
. Based on the number of ongoing license negotiations, the Consortium is
now announcing a one-time extension of these discount rates to those
licensees that enter into patent portfolio licenses on or before November 30,

The UHF RFID Licensing Program is a joint effort by 3M; ETRI; France
Telecom; HP; LG Electronics; Motorola Solutions; Trimble Navigation Limited -
ThingMagic Division; and Zebra Technologies to promote rapid adoption of UHF
RFID technology by creating a single license to a portfolio that includes all
their patents essential to the EPCglobal and ISO/IEC standards for UHF RFID.
This provides a convenient and economical way for UHF RFID developers and
manufacturers, as well as firms interested in adding UHF RFID functionality
to other products, to license essential patents in a single transaction.

"The program's early adopter discounts have generated substantial
interest, and this extension will give licensees one additional opportunity
to lock in the lowest available rates," said Giustino de Sanctis, Chairman of
Sisvel US. The program's early adopter rates can bring the royalty rate for
UHF RFID label products to as little as $.80 per one thousand units and the
rate for UHF RFID readers to as low as $5.00 per unit. In all cases,
effective rates may vary based on volume and require execution of a license
agreement, which contains other terms and conditions, on or before November
30, 2011
. Full details of these terms and the license agreement can be
obtained from Sisvel.

Participation in the UHF RFID licensing program and the RFID Consortium
remains open to all holders of essential patents, regardless of whether they
were involved in the development of RFID standards. Parties interested in
obtaining a portfolio license or learning about the patent submission process
are encouraged to contact Sisvel's representative Sean Corey at
+1-703-820-0626 or by e-mail at

About the Sisvel Group

Started in 1982 when Sisvel S.p.A. was founded in Italy, the Sisvel Group
has become a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing
the value of patent rights. The Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach,
with companies in Italy (Sisvel in None Torinese and Edico in Rome), the
United States
(Sisvel US and Audio MPEG in Metropolitan Washington, DC),
China (Sisvel Hong Kong), Japan (Sisvel Japan in Tokyo), Germany (Sisvel
Germany in Stuttgart), and Luxembourg (Sisvel International), and with more
than ninety professionals worldwide with technical, legal, and licensing

Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios
including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and
MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS
(Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signaling - for
automatic switching of television image formats). Most recently Sisvel has
been appointed as the administrator of patent pools for the UHF-RFID, CDMA
2000, DVB-T, and DVB-T2 standards.

About the RFID Consortium

The RFID Consortium, LLC, is a limited liability corporation which
licenses patents essential to the practice of ultrahigh frequency radio
frequency identification (UHF RFID) standards. The RFID Consortium's goals
are to promote rapid adoption of UHF RFID by facilitating easier access, by
manufacturers and customers alike, to essential UHF RFID patents and to
provide patent owners the opportunity to receive fair compensation for those
patents, all at a reasonable cost to the end-user. The current Members of the
RFID Consortium are: 3M Innovative Properties Company, a subsidiary of 3M
Company (MMM); Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI);
France Telecom (FTE); Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ); LG Electronics; Motorola
Solutions, Inc. (MSI); Trimble Navigation Limited, ThingMagic Division
(TRMB); and Zebra Technologies Corporation (ZBRA). The UHF RFID standards
referred to above are the standards announced by EPCglobal Inc. and ISO/IEC
including the EPCglobal Generation 1 (Class 0, Class 0+ and Class 1) and
Generation 2 (Class 1), and the ISO/IEC 18000-Part 6c (including Amendment 1)
parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz for radio
frequency identification and the communications and interface protocols and
conformance specifications referred to in those documents.

For additional information about Sisvel or the RFID Consortium, please
visit;; or email

Larry Bouchie, TurboPR for Sisvel US, Inc., +1-781-620-0278, larry at; Sisvel Group Contact Representative: Sean Corey, Sisvel UHF RFID, LLC, +1-703-820-0626, Fax: +1-703-838-0153, sean.corey at

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