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Pioneer Joins the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2012 — One-Blue today announced that Pioneer Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of consumer- and business-use electronics products such as car electronics, audio and video products, has joined the One-Blue product licensing program as a licensor. Pioneer has been a major contributor to the development of the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and joins current licensors Cyberlink, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips and Sony.
“One-Blue is pleased to welcome Pioneer to its licensing program. This is an encouraging development for the One-Blue patent pool and we hope this inspires other contributors to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard to join as well,” says Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue.
“Pioneer has been contributing to the industry and end users through the development of optical disc technology and its applications, started from Laser Disc, Compact Disc, DVD to Blu-ray Disc™ today, and thus we feel the history of optical disc and ours are surely overlapping each other,” said Mr. Kazumi Kuriyama, Executive Officer, General Manager of Legal & Intellectual Property Division. “It is our great pleasure to keep our contribution by becoming a licensor of the One-Blue patent pool that offers a beneficial licensing program to the industry.”
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.