One-Blue, LLC is about to celebrate the first anniversary of its Blu-ray Disc (BD) product-licensing program on July 1. In 2011, the group established a patent pool that it says "promotes a level playing field for licensors and licensees of Blu-ray Disc product patents."
Since launching this program, One-Blue has partnered with 15 licensors of Blu-ray, DVD and CD optical storage technology. To date, 88 manufacturers are listed as licensed by One-Blue.
"One-Blue was created using industry best practices that are designed to ensure equitable terms, fair pricing and the consistent protection of Blu-ray patents for all participants - licensors and licensees - wherever they are located," says Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue. "As the one-stop shop for Blu-ray disc product patents, One-Blue provides essential patent licenses for the overwhelming majority of Blu-ray optical product IP."
The companies that have joined the patent pool include: Cyberlink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.