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YAMAHA Corporation Joins the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products
NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2012 — Today One-Blue announced that YAMAHA Corporation (YAMAHA), a world-leading manufacturer of musical instruments and audio & visual products, has joined the One-Blue product licensing program as a licensor. YAMAHA has contributed to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and joins current licensors Cyberlink, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung and Sony.
“One-Blue is excited to welcome YAMAHA Corporation to its licensing program. With the inclusion of YAMAHA, One-Blue has doubled the number of its licensors in the last six months. YAMAHA is a major player in the optical disc sector and adds attractive patents to our program,” says Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue.
“YAMAHA is pleased to become a licensor of One-Blue. We will make the contribution to One-Blue by providing Yamaha’s patents to the One-Blue patent pool to increase the values for both licensors and licensees,” said Susumu Osita, General Manager of Intellectual Property Division of YAMAHA.
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.