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Olympus America Inc. Continues to Broaden its Virtual Microscopy Patent Portfolio

CENTER VALLEY, PA., June 2, 2009 – Olympus America Inc. (“Olympus”) announced today that The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 7,542,596, “Method & Apparatus for Internet, Intranet and Local Viewing of Virtual Microscope Slides.”  This patent further broadens the scope of the Olympus portfolio in the field of virtual microscopy.

The patent claims methods for the transmission of virtual microscope image data and allows for the quick and efficient viewing of these large image files over the Internet or an intranet. The patent also relates to methods for multiple users to simultaneously view and discuss images over the Internet or an intranet. 

Olympus currently holds over 40 issued patents and published patent applications worldwide in the field of virtual microscopy. This patent portfolio broadly covers many of the fundamental aspects for the creation, storage, transmission, and remote viewing of virtual microscope slide images.  Olympus strives to continually research and develop new and innovative technologies to further advance this important and rapidly growing market.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents;
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.