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One-Blue Patent Licensing Program for Blu-ray Launches April 1st

One-Blue, LLC announced that on April 1, 2011 it plans to launch its “one-stop shop” essential patent license program for Blu-ray Disc (BD) products.

As a matter of background, the One-Blue program includes essential patents for Blu-ray, DVD and CD standards as they pertain to Blu-ray hardware, Blu-ray PC software and Blu-ray discs. Companies currently participating in the patent pool include Cyberlink Corporation, Hitachi Consumer Electronics, Panasonic Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony Corporation.

One-Blue Royalty Rates

Licensed Product Royalty Rate (USD)
BD Player $ 9.00
BD Recorder $ 12.00
BD PB Drive $ 7.00
BD Combi Drive $ 8.00
BD Rec. Drive $ 9.00
BD PB Software $ 2.00 ($ 1.25*)
BD Combi Software $ 2.50 ($ 1.50*)
BD Rec. Software $ 3.00 ($ 1.75*)
BD Video Disc $ 0.0975
BD-ROM Disc $ 0.0725
BD-R Disc $ 0.1075
BD-RE Disc $ 0.1350

* Royalty Rate to be paid by PC maker for pre-installed SW in PC

One-Blue also announced that Roel Kramer, president of the Blu-ray Disc Association since 2007, has been appointed as CEO of One-Blue. Mr. Kramer succeeds Jerry Rosenthal who had served as One-Blue’s CEO since it was established in 2009.

For more information visit: www.one-blue.com


Unedited press release follows:

One-Blue will launch One-Stop Shop Licensing Program on April 1st, 2011

New CEO to Lead Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products

(New York, USA – January 18, 2011) One-Blue, LLC, an independent licensing company, today announced it will launch a one-stop shop product license for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc™ products on April 1st, 2011, subject to necessary governmental clearance. One-Blue also announced that Mr. Roel Kramer has been appointed as CEO of One-Blue. Mr. Kramer, who has been the President of the Blu-ray Disc Association since 2007, succeeds Mr. Jerry Rosenthal, who had served as CEO since One-Blue was established in 2009.

“One-Blue has been designed to provide an important service to the entire industry while at the same time stimulating the growth and adoption for Blu-ray Disc™ products,” said Mr. Kramer. “I look forward to working with all of the companies participating in the One-Blue patent pool as we gear up to make the licensing program available in the marketplace by April 2011.”

Since issuing its call for Blu-ray Disc™ product patents in October 2009, One-Blue has been working diligently with potential licensors to ensure wide-spread adoption of the license program that One-Blue will administer. As part of this activity, new royalty rates under the licenses were recently announced. The new rates are now US$9.00 for a Blu-ray Disc™ player and US$12.00 for a Blu-ray Disc™ recorder, US$0.0975 for a BD-read only video disc, US$0.1075 for a BD-recordable disc and US$0.1350 for a BD-rewritable disc. Other royalty rates can be found on the renewed website www.one-blue.com.

It is still possible to submit patents for evaluation. Any holder of patents essential to optical formats used in Blu-ray Disc™ products is invited to join the program as a licensor. More information can be found on www.one-blue.com.

About One-Blue, LLC
One-Blue, LLC is an independent licensing company that will administer a one-stop shop product license for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc™ products. Companies participating in One-Blue will include Cyberlink Corporation, Hitachi Consumer Electronics, Panasonic Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony Corporation.

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