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Technicolor Expands IP Licensing Deal With Warner Bros.

17 Oct, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Technicolor announced it reached an agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment to represent the studio as its exclusive IP licensing agent beyond the parameters of the Premiere BD (Blu-ray) patent pool.

Paris-based Technicolor, in an Oct. 16 statement, said it would help expand Warner Bros.’ portfolio of intellectual property by granting licenses to applicable third parties and industries — including Ultra-HD 4K — on the studio’s behalf.

Warner Bros. Entertainment includes Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group, among other properties.

Technicolor and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are among co-founders in 2010 of the Premiere BD patent pool licensing for Blu-ray and DVD patents essential to make, use and sell BD decoders, BD encoders, BD players, BD read-only discs, BD recordable discs, BD drives, BD/DVD hybrid discs, and BD recorders, including BD products that incorporate BD functionality.

Other Premiere BD members include Columbia Technology Ventures (Sony), Disney Enterprises, Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba. The latter joined the group following the shuttering of erstwhile Blu-ray format rival HD DVD.

“Through this agreement, Technicolor confirms its ambition to be a technological and licensing partner for its customers,” the company said in a statement.

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