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Symbol Technologies Clarifies PDF417 Intellectual Property Policy

BOHEMIA, N.Y., May 10, 1994 -- Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE:SBL), world leader in bar code-based data transaction systems, today issued a statement formalizing the Company's patent policy on PDF417, the two-dimensional symbology developed by Symbol.

In a statement to customers, Symbol explained the policy, as follows:
"This policy paper to the auto ID community is provided to define Symbol's patent position related to PDF417 so that customers can feel free to implement this powerful technology to serve their application needs. Symbol shall comply with the patent policies of the industry standards organizations, without any deviation. Accordingly, the public domain status of PDF417 is identical in all respects to the existing industry standard bar codes.

In compliance with ANSI's patent policy, under any invention whose use would be required for compliance with the proposed ANSI standard,' Symbol agrees that a license will be made available without compensation to applicants desiring to utilize the license for implementing the standard.

In compliance with the AIM intellectual property requirements, Symbol represents that the PDF417 symbology present in the AIM specification is entirely in the public domain and free from any use restriction, licenses and fees.

PDF417 serves as a paper-based communications protocol for transferring data between computer systems without keying. It works as a high-density, high-capacity portable data file to provide low-cost access to large amounts of information without referencing an external database. Storing up to a kilobyte of data in a machine-readable code printed on paper, PDF417 has 100 times the information capacity of a traditional linear bar code of the same size.

About Symbol Technologies

Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs under the Symbol Enterprise Mobility Services brand. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading companies. More information is available at

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