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Sharp Joins Blu-ray Patent Pool

1/24/2012 04:31:19 PM Eastern

New York - Sharp
has joined the One-Blue product
licensing patent pool as a key licensor, the group said Tuesday.

Sharp was said to be bringing
important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard and will join
licensors Cyberlink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics,
Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.

"We are pleased to
announce that Sharp has joined our licensing program as a licensor and is now
making available their essential patents via the One-Blue program. Sharp has made
major contributions to the development of the Blu-ray Disc standard and becomes
an important addition to our pool," said Roel Kramer, One-Blue CEO.

One-Blue
administers the licensing program for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc
products and is the joint licensing agent of its licensors.

The product
license covers Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD essential patents; for disc products,
the product license covers Blu-ray Disc essential patents.

The One-Blue
patent pool is said to reduce costs while fostering fair use of the patent
system.

Any holder of
patents 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.

Companies
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, www.one-blue.com.