According to the complaint, recordable and rewritable Blu-ray discs (BD-R/RE) offered under the Imation, TDK and Memorex brand names deliberately and willfully infringe six U.S. patents, with the plaintiffs seeking appropriate damages and compensation for the use of their intellectual property.
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One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Brings Patent Infringement Action Against Imation Corporation
NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 — One-Blue, LLC, the one-stop shop for patent licenses from the leading providers of Blu-ray Disc™ technology, today announced that One-Blue and certain One-Blue patent owners have filed suit against Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN) for infringing patents essential to manufacture Blu-ray Disc™ products.
The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, asserts that Imation Corp., a seller of Blu-ray Disc™ products under the Imation, TDK and Memorex brands, has infringed six (6) U.S. patents: 7,290,272; 7,389,520; 7,292,509; 7,123,567; 7,349,309; and 7,158,472. These patents are included in the portfolio offered for license by the One-Blue licensing program.
“The One-Blue patent pool provides companies with a fair and cost effective mechanism for obtaining Blu-ray Disc™ product licenses,” said Mr. William J. Lenihan , Director IP Licensing, One-Blue. “We filed this patent infringement suit in order to maintain a level playing field for the members of the One-Blue patent pool—licensors and licensees alike who manufacture and sell Blu-ray Disc™ products. We have a duty to ensure that all companies selling Blu-ray Disc™ products honor the essential patents in the One-Blue pool.”
One-Blue, LLC, is the one-stop shop for patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard from leading licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Consumer Electronics, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha. These fifteen Licensors have made available more than ten thousand issued Blu-ray Disc™ product patents worldwide that are essential to implementing the Blu-ray, DVD, and CD standards. One-Blue offers licenses for these patents for various Blu-ray Disc™ products including players, recorders, playback drives, recorder drives, software, PCs, pre-recorded discs, and recordable discs. One-Blue aims at creating a level playing field and thereby promotes competitive parity for all One-Blue licensees. One-Blue’s patent pool is built upon industry best practices with attractive royalties, low transaction costs and a streamlined patent licensing process.