The SCTE has been awarded the first of what it said will be many upcoming patents on technologies it develops.
The awarding by the U.S. Patent Office of Patent No. 10,139,845 represents a “new era” for the org, said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. The patent is called “System and Method for Energy Consumption Management in Broadband Telecommunications Networks via Adaptive Power Management.”
The patented technology provides a framework for aligning network energy consumption with actual network usage, a key principle of the Adaptive Power System Interface Specification (APSIS). This spec was developed by the SCTE and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Engeineers, as part of the org’s Energy 2020 program.
However, Dzuban said that the Patent Office is considering applications for four other SCTE patents that weren’t developed within the confines of Energy 2020.
“We’re constantly looking for new ways to help our industry,” he told MCN. This is something you’ll see from us in the future.”
So will the SCTE be collecting royalties on these patents and sharing them with its members? That’s “yet to be determined,” said Dzuban, who noted that the SCTE board will discuss monetization of the patents at a January board meeting.