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Oce and Autodesk Sign Exclusive Agreement, For Reprographic Software

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO-May 13, 2002- Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery technology, and Autodesk, Inc. the world's leading design and digital content creation company, today announced they have entered into a worldwide exclusive licensing agreement aimed at providing the commercial reprographic market with industry-leading print management solutions from Autodesk. This agreement strengthens an existing long-term partnership between the two companies where they have successfully provided the reprographic market with print automation solutions used by the majority of the worldwide reprographic printers, enhancing their productivity and improving profits. Under the agreement, Oce has purchased the exclusive worldwide rights to develop, distribute and support Oce Plan Center software (currently known as Plans & Specs) and Oce Repro Desk software (also known as Apprentice). The agreement expires in May 2003, at which time Oce will have an exclusive option to purchase the licensed technology from Autodesk. Effective May 15, 2002, the development and support of the products will be managed and controlled by Oce. Michel Frequin, Oce's Executive Director Strategic Business Unit Wide Format Printing Systems, states: "This agreement with Autodesk underlines Oce's dedication to the print for pay market. We recognize the importance of software as an integral part of our offering to this strategic market. We will continue to build our strategic alliances with leading software corporations such as Autodesk. In addition we will provide hardware solutions to ensure the ongoing profitability of our customers in this market." "This agreement enhances a successful, long-term relationship between Autodesk and Oce, dedicated to the delivery of high quality print automation solutions and products to reprographers worldwide," said Chris Bradshaw, vice president, Autodesk Building Collaboration Services. "Together, we are empowering commercial reprographers to implement and take advantage of the latest technology that can help them simplify daily processes and better communicate with customers." he added.