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BD4C Licensing Group Becomes PREMIER BD

The BD4C Licensing Group announced that it has changed its name to PREMIER BD.

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BD4C Licensing Group Announces Change of Name to “PREMIER BD”

Tokyo, Japan – The BD4C Licensing Group today announced that it has changed its name to PREMIER BD. PREMIER BD consists of six renowned leaders in technology research and development: Columbia Technology Ventures, Disney Enterprises, Mitsubishi Electric, Technicolor, Toshiba, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

PREMIER BD offers a worldwide “portfolio” license for Blu-ray (“BD”) and DVD patents essential to make, use and sell BD decoders, BD encoders, BD players, BD read-only discs, BD recordable discs, BD drives, BD/DVD hybrid discs, and BD recorders (“BD Products”), including BD Products that incorporate BD functionality. PREMIER BD’s licensees benefit from “one-stop shopping” for all such patents that are owned or controlled by PREMIER BD’s members.

PREMIER BD’s members have authorized Toshiba to act as Licensor in licensing their essential BD and DVD patents as part of this joint licensing program.

Interested parties are free should they choose to negotiate individual license agreements (rather than taking a single portfolio license) with each of the members of PREMIER BD, which have committed to provide such individual licenses on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms.

For further information regarding the PREMIER BD licensing program, please visit the PREMIER BD website ( or contact one of the following regional licensing representatives:

In North and South America, Asia (including Japan), Oceania and the Middle East;

Masayuki Miyanaga
General Manager, Licensing & Contracts Division
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

In Europe and Africa;
Alfred Chaouat
Senior Vice President, Licensing
Technicolor (Thomson Licensing)
1, rue Jeanne d’Arc
92443 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex, France
Phone : +33-1-4186-5284
Fax : +33-1-4186-5637
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