CANON SUPPORTS THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19
As a founding member of the COVID-19 Countermeasure Declaration, Canon has pledged not to enforce its intellectual property rights against development, manufacturing and other activities whose purpose is stopping the spread of the pandemic.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s vital for business, government and academia to work together to accelerate development and manufacturing in fields such as therapeutic drugs, vaccines, medical devices and infection control products.
To assist this, signatories of the COVID-19 Countermeasure Declaration pledge that they will not assert their patents, utility models, designs or copyrights against any activities whose purpose is stopping the spread of COVID-19.
By eliminating the need for complicated, time-consuming analysis of intellectual property rights of the declarers and license negotiations for such intellectual property rights, this declaration clears the way for the fastest possible means of research, development and manufacture of the effective tools to combat the spread of the virus.
A large number of entities, possessing substantial patent portfolio and industry organisations, have already joined the Declaration, at the invitation of Professor Fumihiko Matsuda of Kyoto University and Canon.
Canon encourages other intellectual property rights owners to join the Declaration and contribute to the goal of halting the spread of COVID-19.
IP OPEN ACCESS DECLARATION AGAINST COVID-19 websi