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One-Blue Announces Columbia Technology Ventures to join Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products
NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2015 — One-Blue today announced that Columbia University has joined the One-Blue product licensing program as a licensor. Columbia brings important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and joins current licensors Cyberlink Corporation, Dell Global B.V., Fujitsu Limited, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co. Ltd., JVCKENWOOD Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V., LG Electronics Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd. and Yamaha Corporation.
“One-Blue is pleased to announce that Columbia has joined our licensing program as a licensor,” says Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue. “Their contribution provides valuable new intellectual property to One-Blue.”
“Columbia aims to ensure that the important scientific and technological advancements made by University researchers transition into the marketplace, where they can be a benefit to everyone,” said Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures and Vice President for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer at Columbia University. “We are proud to have contributed to the development of this important technology and to make it available to the marketplace through the One-Blue pool.”
One-Blue administers the licensing program for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc™ products and is the joint licensing agent of its licensors. For hardware and software products, the product license covers Blu-ray Disc™, DVD and CD essential patents; for disc products, the product license covers Blu-ray Disc™ essential patents. One-Blue is an innovative patent pool that levels the playing field, reduces costs, and fosters fair use of the patent system in the entire optical disc sector.
Any holder of patents essential to optical formats used in Blu-ray Disc™ products is invited to submit patents for evaluation and join the licensing program as a new licensor. Any company interested in obtaining licenses for one or more Blu-ray Disc™ products under the One-Blue product licensing program is requested to contact One-Blue at the e-mail address listed below.
More information about the One-Blue licensing program and related royalty rates can be found on www.one-blue.com.
About One-Blue, LLC
One-Blue, LLC is an independent licensing company that administers a product license for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc™ products.
About Columbia University
A leading academic and research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia University’s technology transfer office, Columbia Technology Ventures, manages Columbia’s intellectual property portfolio and serves as the university’s gateway for companies and entrepreneurs seeking novel technology solutions. Our core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research to outside organizations for the benefit of society on a local, national and global basis. For more information on Columbia Technology Ventures, please visit www.techventures.columbia.edu.