The ISO standards body has said that it will withdraw the JPEG image format as a formal standard if Forgent Corporation continues to claim that it holds the patent for the technology behind JPEG images. Forgent is demanding that it should be paid royalties and has not ruled out taking possible legal action against organizations that use JPEG technology and refuse to pay royalties.
Forgent’s claim on JPEG technology began with the acquisition of a data compression patent from Compression Labs in 1997. The company issued a press release on its website earlier this month saying that it owned the patent covering the technology behind JPEG images. Forgent said that the devices covered by the patent included cameras, cell phones, camcorders, PDA’s and scanners. Following the issue of the press release, the JPEG committee said that it would rebuff any attempts to derive fees from the standard.
Two Japanese companies, one of which is believed to be Sony, have already agreed JPEG licensing deals with Forgent.