Fujitsu, a Japanese ICT (information and communication technology) company, announced recently it will commit to the “Open COVID Pledge,” which promotes free access to participants’ intellectual property rights for activities aimed at ending the global spread of the disease as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,
In committing to the Open COVID Pledge, which originated in the United States, Fujitsu has declared that it will not assert its patents, utility models, or designs against individuals or entities for a certain period and will not seek any consideration or compensation for such activities. Fujitsu has also endorsed and declared its involvement with the “Open COVID-19 Declaration,” a similar initiative in Japan.
Through its commitment to these pledges, Fujitsu will contribute decisively to an early end to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free access to approximately 40,000 patents, utility models, design patents (including pending applications) related to the development of new drugs and patient care, and actively promote cross-industry utilization by companies and research institutions around the world in the spirit of global cooperation and human-centric innovation.
Fujitsu joins other Japanese companies as Open COVID-19 Declarers including Canon, Nikon, Honda, Nissan, Unisys, among others.