MHI Group Joins IP Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19

MHI Group*, in agreement with the purport of the “Open COVID-19 Declaration” pertaining to intellectual property rights in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, has formally announced its participation in the Declaration. The Declaration’s overarching purpose is to support initiatives underway to stop the global spread of the novel coronavirus.

Open COVID-19 Declaration

By participating in the Open COVID-19 Declaration, MHI Group agrees, within a specified time frame and without seeking any compensation, not to assert any patent, utility model, design or copyright in its possession against any activities whose sole purpose is stopping the spread of COVID-19, including diagnosis, prevention, containment and treatment.

Currently, in a concerted quest to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and bring the pandemic to an end, industrial, governmental and academic resources are being coordinated to develop and manufacture therapeutic drugs, vaccines, medical equipment and products to prevent the virus contagion. The Open COVID-19 Declaration aims to establish an environment in which the owner of intellectual property rights shall not enforce such rights in a manner that might hinder such activities.

MHI Group expresses its full solidarity with people worldwide who have been affected by COVID-19 in any way – not only patients but everyone on the front lines involved in the treatment, prevention or containment of this disease. With participation in the Open COVID-19 Declaration, all MHI Group companies will continue to coordinate with and support, in even greater measure, the efforts being made to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

For further information on the Open COVID-19 Declaration and its participants:

* Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation; Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Systems, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation