Canon IP Initiatives

Participation as a founding member of the Intellectual Property Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread around the world in 2020. Lockdowns were carried out in many parts of the world to prevent the spread of infection, and states of emergency have been declared in Japan. These measures have had a major impact on people's lives and business activities around the world. Canon, together with Professor Fumihiko Matsuda of Kyoto University and others, has worked to provide proactive support from the aspect of intellectual property to overcome this crisis. In April 2020, under the first declaration of a state of emergency in Japan, Canon immediately made a proactive approach to various companies to solicit their support. At the same time, Canon prepared a template for a declaration that could be customized to each company's circumstances so that many companies could participate.

On May 1, 2020, the "Intellectual Property Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19" was announced, with 20 companies and universities as founding members. This declaration states that a company will not exercise its intellectual property rights against any development, manufacturing and other activities for the sole purpose of ending the spread of COVID-19 infections. This makes it possible to quickly carry out manufacturing and other activities aimed at ending the spread of COVID-19 without concern about intellectual property rights issues.

This declaration is a world-leading initiative originating in Japan, and with the cooperation and support of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Japan Secretariat, the Japan Business Federation, and other organizations, many companies and research institutions have announced their participation. (As of May 2021: 102 declarants.) Going forward, by gathering more participating companies, Canon will contribute through intellectual property to ending the spread of COVID-19.

Participation as a founding member of the Intellectual Property Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19