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PrimeDisc Marketing and Bestdisc Technology Join the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™
NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2012 — One-Blue, LLC, today announced that two optical disc replicators, PrimeDisc Marketing Limited and Bestdisc Technology Corporation, have joined the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) product licensing program as licensees. PrimeDisc Marketing and Bestdisc Technology signed BD ROM Disc License Agreements that grant each company access to important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard from leading licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.
PrimeDisc Marketing, based in Hong Kong, produces CDs and DVDs for branded computer hardware and software companies, leading publishers and global entertainment companies. Bestdisc Technology is a manufacturer and global supplier of optical media recording products located in Taiwan.
“PrimeDisc Marketing and Bestdisc Technology are highly valued licensees and continue to bolster the network of Blu-ray Disc™ replicators that have signed on to the One-Blue licensing program,” said William Lenihan, Director of IP Licensing of One-Blue. “Our agreements with PrimeDisc and Bestdisc are further evidence that patent pooling is an effective tool for helping the BD industry manage its licensing programs.”
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’s innovative approach to patent pooling includes per-batch licensing, pre-netting, and product-based royalties. Representing 15 licensors from among the world’s global consumer electronics manufacturers, One-Blue operates a pool of more than 10,000 essential BD patents and to date has executed 69 Registration and/or License Agreements.
Any company interested in obtaining licenses for one or more Blu-ray Disc™ products under the One-Blue product licensing program, or for more information about the One-Blue licensing program and related royalty rates, should contact One-Blue, LLC at http://www.one-blue.com/. 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.
As the one-stop shop representing the Blu-ray Disc™ industry’s leading technology providers, One-Blue, LLC provides patent licenses from the leading Blu-ray, DVD and CD product IP holders. One-Blue creates a level playing field by guaranteeing strong patent enforcement for licensees and licensors and ensure competitive parity for all Blu-ray Disc™ providers. One-Blue’s patent pool is built upon industry best practices to help all parties lower royalties, transaction costs and streamline the patent licensing process.