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NINTENDO OF AMERICA APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN TAIWAN

 NINTENDO OF AMERICA APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL
 PROPERTY IN TAIWAN
 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America Inc. praised the Understanding reached between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA) to improve protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks and patents in Taiwan.
 Nintendo has worked closely with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to make the issue of video game piracy in Taiwan a priority and to find a solution acceptable to both nations.
 "Nintendo expresses deep appreciation to USTR for aggressive pursuit of remedies against video game piracy in Taiwan," said Lynn E. Hvalsoe, Nintendo of America's general counsel. "We are cautiously optimistic that the Taiwanese government will fully and effectively implement the Understanding."
 "For the Understanding to work, Taiwan must do more than change its laws," cautioned Hvalsoe. "The Taiwanese government will have to fund this effort and educate prosecutors, judges and government agencies so they understand that counterfeiting and piracy are serious criminal law violations which must be severely penalized."
 According to Nintendo, the Taiwanese government has repeatedly failed to curtail the counterfeiting of millions of video game cartridges which have been distributed worldwide.
 "Like the U.S. Trade Representative, Nintendo has long viewed Taiwan as a center for copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting of U.S. products," said Hvalsoe. "Nintendo and U.S. companies that develop Nintendo-licensed video games and license film and character rights have been victimized by the counterfeiting of millions of video game cartridges in Taiwan," said Hvalsoe.
 Nintendo game cartridges contain semiconductor chips with copyrighted software owned by Nintendo, its licensees, developers and character licensors.
 As a result of the Understanding, the USTR revoked identification of Taiwan as a "priority foreign country" under Special 301 of the trade law and has terminated an investigation which began on May 29, 1992.
 "We will work closely with USTR to monitor implementation of those aspects of the Understanding which affect Nintendo," said Hvalsoe.
 Nintendo of America Inc. sells personal, home and arcade video games in the United States. The Redmond, Wash.-based company is headquarters for the marketing operations in North America.
 UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND TAIWAN
 Provisions Relating to Video Games
 In accordance with the Understanding reached June 5, 1992, between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA), the Taiwanese government has agreed to a broad program to improve protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks and patents in Taiwan.
 The Understanding binds Taiwanese authorities to undertake a series of administrative and enforcement actions relating to video games including the following:
 1. Ensure final adoption of Taiwan's new Copyright Law and issue rules to implement it.
 2. Enact the AIT-CCNAA Bilateral Copyright Agreement, as early as possible, but not later than Jan. 31, 1993.
 3. Establish an export licensing system for computer software, including software installed in video games and in semiconductor chips, to prevent the export of infringing products from Taiwan.
 4. Ensure the application of effective criminal remedies sufficient to deter infringement of copyrights and trademarks.
 5. Submit legislation to substantially increase criminal penalties for copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
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 /CONTACT: Perrin Kaplan, 206-861-2509, James L. Bikoff, 202-775-7151, or David I. Wilson, 202-775-7971, all for Nintendo of America/ CO: Nintendo of America Inc.; American Institute in Taiwan;
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