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Hitachi High-Technologies GLOBAL

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.

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