JVC Joins Blu-ray Patent Pool

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New York - JVC Kenwood has joined the


product licensing program and patent pool as a licensor of Blu-ray Disc technology, the group said Monday.

JVC Kenwood is one of a number of technological contributors to the Blu-ray Disc standard and joins such other licensors as Cyberlink, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips and Sony.


JVC Kenwood

adds valuable essential patents to the program, further underlining the one-stop-shop concept of One-Blue," Roel Kramer, One-Blue CEO, said in a statement on the move.

"JVC Kenwood has helped to invent and develop the Blu-ray Disc format in the past and currently sells many Blu-ray prerecorded Discs and unique Blu-ray Disc recorders for consumer and professional use," said Tetsuro Fuse, JVC Kenwood intellectual property operation strategic research and development for Blu-ray Disc products.

One-Blue administers the licensing program for Blu-ray Disc patents 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 a patent pool designed to reduce costs, and fosters fair use of the patent system in the entire optical disc sector, the group said.


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