Olympus America has licensed an extensive portfolio of patents in the field of digital pathology and virtual microscopy to Leica Microsystems.

The patents included in the licensing deal cover methods and equipment for creating, storing and delivering virtual microscopy slides.

The technology enables individuals to view and share high-resolution virtual microscopy images over the Internet.

Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group vice president and general manager Osamu Joji said they feel it is vital to allow broad access to these technologies in order to advance the field of pathology and ultimately, they hope that implementing these technologies will help enhance healthcare for patients around the world.

Leica Life Science Division MD Stefan Traeger said the license agreement will enable them to further expand offering in this space, and to provide customers around the world with a complete solution from digital scanning of microscopy slides to the handling and management of digital pathology data.

Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators.

Leica Microsystems, a provider in microscopes and scientific instruments, is organized in four divisions: the Life Science Division, Industry Division, Biosystems Division and Medical Division.