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JVC KENWOOD Joins One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2011 — One-Blue today announced that JVC KENWOOD Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated audio, video and wireless communications products, has joined the One-Blue product licensing program as a licensor. JVC KENWOOD has been an important contributor to the development of the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and joins current licensors Cyberlink, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips and Sony.
“We are really pleased that JVC KENWOOD has joined our licensing program as a licensor; JVC KENWOOD adds valuable essential patents to the program, further underlining the one-stop-shop concept of One-Blue,” says Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue.
“JVC KENWOOD has helped to invent and develop the Blu-ray Disc™ format in the past and currently sells many Blu-ray Pre-recorded Discs and unique Blu-ray Disc Recorders for consumer and professional use,” said Tetsuro Fuse, Operating Officer of Intellectual Property Operation, Strategic Research & Development for JVC KENWOOD. “One-Blue really offers a unique and innovative one-stop-shop licensing program for Blu-ray Disc™ products.” JVC KENWOOD merged Victor Company of Japan, Limited and Kenwood Corporation per October 1st, 2011.
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.