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Columbia University Joins the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc™ Products
Columbia University announced today that it has joined the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc™ product licensing program as a licensor. Columbia owns a portfolio of patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and joins the current licensors in that program.
By joining One-Blue, Columbia has now made its patents available to the marketplace through an additional joint patent licensing program. Prior to joining One-Blue, Columbia licensed its Blu-ray portfolio as a licensor in the joint patent licensing program known as the Premier BD Patent Licensing Group. Columbia will now license its Blu-ray portfolio as a licensor in both the One-Blue and Premier BD programs. Columbia will implement measures to ensure that licensees who execute both the One-Blue and Premier BD licenses will pay only one royalty for access to the Columbia Blu-ray portfolio. Columbia invites existing licensees of either program who may have questions about Columbia’s participation in both programs to contact Columbia directly.
While the typical licensor in a joint patent licensing program manufactures products covered by patents in the program, Columbia is an institution dedicated to higher education and academic research. Columbia does not have cross license or similar arrangements common to the typical licensor. As such, Columbia is joining One-Blue in addition to Premier BD to enhance access to its Blu-ray portfolio for all entities who manufacture Blu-ray Disc™ standard essential products.
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About Columbia University
A leading academic and research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia University’s technology transfer office, Columbia Technology Ventures, manages Columbia’s intellectual property portfolio and serves as the university’s gateway for companies and entrepreneurs seeking novel technology solutions. Our core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research to outside organizations for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. For more information on Columbia Technology Ventures, please visit www.techventures.columbia.edu.