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June 2, 2004
Olympus Corporation Releases
2003 Intellectual Property Report
Olympus Corporation (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to announce the publication of the Olympus 2003 Intellectual Property Report. The report, which is being published for the first time, is designed to promote understanding of Olympus technologies and intellectual assets that contribute to the company's value. Since 2003, Olympus has been participating along with 12 other companies and market entities in a pilot model aimed at establishing guidelines for patent and technology information disclosure. The pilot model is being conducted under the auspices of the Subcommittee on Management and Market Environment of the Intellectual Property Policy Committee of the Industrial Structure Council of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The decision to issue the Olympus 2003 Intellectual Property Report was made in light of, and in keeping with, the guideline.
In the future, Olympus Corporation will continue to make intellectual property information available on its website and in its annual reports and corporate profiles.
The Olympus Intellectual Property Report discloses the number of Olympus published patents in the company's areas of core competence, as well as on 5-year historical trends in the number of the Olympus patents in each country and business sector. The report also contains information on patent acquisition policy, licensing policy, and corporate guidelines affecting the management of intellectual property activities.
With a core competence in opto-digital technology, Olympus has enterprise-wide strengths in basic optical, electronic imaging, and precision technologies. Through patent and licensing activities, Olympus will continue to strengthen its ability to compete in the fields of imaging, medical, life science, and industrial equipment.
As a further expression of its commitment to strengthened intellectual property management strategies, Olympus also placed the Intellectual Property and Licensing Division under the direct control of the Office of the President in April 2004.
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