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Optiscan has a strong suite of intellectual property (IP) that is constantly being expanded through further research and development.

The company has many patents protecting its intellectual property in the two core areas of optical fibre based confocal microscope systems and miniaturised confocal microscope scanners. Optiscan's optical fibre confocal microscope patents will expire in July and August 2009, while the patents over the miniaturised scanning systems provide for significant extended protection through to 2019.

An examination process must be completed for a patent to be granted in each of the countries where it has been filed. This patent 'prosecution' process can take up to several years.

Listed below are the Optiscan patents, which have been granted in one or more of the countries where it has been filed.

In addition to the patents listed below Optiscan has a further 16 families of patent applications that have been filed in several countries and are awaiting the commencement of examination.

Optiscan’s Patent Portfolio

Title: Scanning Confocal Microscope

Inventors: Martin Harris and Timothy Dabbs

Patent Expiry Date: 13 July 2009

Countries in which patent granted: Australia, United States, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Japan.

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Title: Confocal Microscope

Inventors: Timothy Dabbs and Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 3 November 2009

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Confocal Microscope

Inventor: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 21 June 2011

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Confocal Microscope

Inventors: Martin Harris, Peter Delaney and Roger King

Patent Expiry Date: 19 October 2013

Countries in which patent granted: Australia and United States

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Title: Confocal Microscope

Inventor: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 8 February 2014

Countries in which patent granted: Australia

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Title: Optical Fibre Confocal Imager with Variable Near Confocal Control

Inventors: Martin Harris and Peter Delaney

Patent Expiry Date : 24 March 2016

Countries in which patent granted: Australia and United States

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Title: Scanning Microscope with Miniature Head

Inventor: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 16 July 2018

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom and United States.

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Title: Two Photon Endoscope or Microscope Method and Apparatus

Inventors: Martin Harris and Gavan Rosman

Patent Expiry Date: 17 June 2019

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom

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Title: Endoscope or Microscope Method and Apparatus

Inventors: Martin Harris and Gavan Rosman

Patent Expiry Date: 17 June 2019

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom

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Title: Compact Confocal Endoscope and Endomicroscope

Inventor: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 25 August 2019

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom

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Title: Electronically Operated Tuning Fork

Inventors: Martin Harris, Gavan Rosman and James Rudge

Patent Expiry Date: 8 June 2020

Countries in which patent granted: Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom and United States.

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Title: Z Sharpening for Fibre Confocal Microscopes

Inventors: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 4 April 2020

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom and United States.

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Title: Light Scanning Device

Inventors: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 10 June 2020

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope with Fibre Bundle Return

Inventors: Martin Harris

Patent Expiry Date: 24 April 2023

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Scanning Method and Apparatus

Inventors: Martin Harris, Gavan Rosman, Chris Byrne and Brad Jones

Patent Expiry Date: 30 October 2023

Countries in which patent granted: United Kingdom and United States.

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Title: Method and Apparatus for Providing Depth Control or Z Actuation

Inventors: Byrne, Jones, Lemmens, Ni

Patent Expiry Date: 13 April 2024

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Optical Connector

Inventors: Pattie

Patent Expiry Date: 23 March 2026

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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Title: Tuning Fork Type Scanning with Counterweight

Inventors: Byrne, Rosman and Pattie

Patent Expiry Date: 23 September 2025

Countries in which patent granted: United States.

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