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September 27, 2010

Notice of Patent Infringement Lawsuit against FEI Japan

On September 22, 2010, Hitachi High-Technologies(TOKYO: 8036, Hitachi High-Tech) filed suit in the Tokyo District Court to request the payment of damages related to the infringement by FEI Japan of focused ion beam technology patents held by Hitachi High-Tech. This latest suit involves separate patent rights than those highlighted on July 29, 2010, when the Company previously filed suit against FEI Japan for damages related to patent infringement. *

Hitachi High-Tech also filed for an injunction in the Tokyo District Court on November 6, 2009 to halt further patent infringement.** This injunction is currently under litigation.

*Notice of Patent Infringement Lawsuit against FEI Japan
(News release on July 30, 2010)
http://www.hitachi-hitec.com/global/whatsnew/2010/nr20100730.pdf

**Notice of Patent Infringement Lawsuit against FEI Japan
(News release on November 6, 2009)
http://www.hitachi-hitec.com/global/whatsnew/2009/20091106_2.pdf

Reference
Notice Regarding Injunction against the Import of FIB/SEM Equipment from FEI Company
(News release on June 30, 2010)
http://www.hitachi-hitec.com/global/whatsnew/2010/nr20100630.pdf

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