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Via Licensing Issues Patent Call for IEEE 802.11n Standard

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

San Francisco, CA -- Via Licensing Corporation today announced a call for patents that are essential to the practice of the IEEE 802.11n standard, Enhancements for Higher Throughput, which is currently in draft form and is based on the IEEE P802.11n (D11.0) Draft Telecommunications and information exchange between systems - Local and Metropolitan Area Networks-Specific Requirements-Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) & Physical Layer specifications. Upon its ratification by the IEEE, this call for patents shall apply to the final 802.11n specification.

The IEEE 802.11 standard is an internationally published open standard that defines a range of methods for providing wireless local area networking services. By offering increased speed and range capabilities to support high data rate applications and providing an alternative to wired networks, 802.11n enhances the IEEE 802.11 standard. Networks based on the 802.11n standard will support streaming high-definition video applications, enable faster transfer of multimedia content, and provide enhanced capacity and performance for enterprise systems.

Any entity with a patent or patent application that is found to be essential by an independent patent evaluator is invited to join a group of essential patent holders that plan to convene to discuss the commercial terms of a joint patent license to be offered under reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

Additional information about the IEEE 802.11 standard is available from the IEEE website at

Via Licensing is issuing this patent call for the purpose of identifying the owners of patents that are essential to the practice of the IEEE 802.11n standard. A patent is essential if it contains at least one independent claim that is necessarily infringed by the creation of a compliant implementation of either the mandatory or optional portions of the normative clauses of the IEEE 802.11n standard.

Any entity that believes it has patents or pending patent applications that are essential as described above should email, specifying an interest in submitting a patent or patent application for consideration of essentiality to the IEEE 802.11n standard.

Via Licensing invites parties needing more information or who are interested in discussing the opportunity to participate in an IEEE 802.11n joint licensing program to contact the company at

About Via Licensing Corporation

Via Licensing Corporation develops and administers patent licensing programs on behalf of innovative technology companies and for the convenience of licensees. Via Licensing Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and benefits from the expertise, infrastructure, and strategic business relationships that Dolby has developed in more than 40 years of licensing into the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Via Licensing is involved in the development and operation of licensing programs for both mandated and de facto or emerging specifications. For more information about Via Licensing Corporation, please visit

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the capabilities and benefits of IEEE 802.11n capable products, the eventual availability and expected timing of a joint patent license for technologies essential to the practice of the IEEE 802.11n draft standard and the ratification of the IEEE 802.11n draft standard by the IEEE are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks associated with licensing technologies through joint licensing programs; risks associated with licensing industry-standard technologies; market acceptance of IEEE 802.11n capable devices; rapid changes in networking technologies; risks associated with the development of markets for wireless local area networking services; and other risks detailed in Dolby's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned "Risk Factors" in its most recent Periodic Report on Form 10-Q or 10-K. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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