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Nikon And Asml Agree To Suspend Legal Proceedings

TOKYO, Japan and VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands, September 2, 2004 -Nikon Corporation (Nikon) and ASML Holding NV (ASML) today announced their mutual agreement to request stays of the legal and administrative proceedings in each jurisdiction in which they have been pursuing claims related to their intellectual property dispute, including proceedings in Asia and the United States.

The parties’ agreement arose as the result of their ongoing discussions, which have resulted in a tentative agreement on the basic terms of a settlement. The proposed settlement includes a payment from ASML to Nikon and a cross-license agreement, and remains subject to preparation of a binding memorandum of understanding, followed by a definitive, binding agreement.

The parties declined to disclose details of their tentative settlement prior to the execution of a binding memorandum of understanding, anticipated to occur during the first half of September.

About Nikon
Since 1917, Nikon Corporation has been a leader in optical glass manufacturing. With continued growth and expertise, Nikon now offers a diverse range of industrial instruments, including steppers and scanners, microscopes and measuring instruments to complement a full line of semiconductor manufacturing related equipment.

Nikon Corporation is a leader in the lithography equipment market for the microelectronics manufacturing industry. These products serve the semiconductor, flat panel display (LCD) and thin-film magnetic head (TFH) industries. For more information about Nikon, access our web site at: http://www.nikon.co.jp (Japanese – Corporate site) or http://www.nikonprecision.com (English – Semiconductor Equipment site)

About ASML
ASML is a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. For more information, visit the Web site at ASML.com.

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Nikon Media / Investor Relation Contacts:
Yasuyuki Okamoto – Corporate Communications & IR Dept. – +3 3216 1032 –Tokyo, Japan
Yasuhiro Katagiri – Corporate Communications & IR Dept. – +3 3216 1032 – Tokyo, Japan

Nikon Precision Inc. (USA) Contact:
Frank Masciocchi – Vice President, Sales and Marketing – +1 650 508 4618 – Belmont, California

ASML Media Contacts:
Tom McGuire – Corporate Communications – +31 40 268 5758 – Veldhoven, the Netherlands
Beth Kitchener – Corporate Communications – +1 203 761 6300 – Wilton, Connecticut

ASML Investor Relations Contacts:
Craig DeYoung – Investor Relations – +1 480 383 4005 – Tempe, Arizona
Franki D’Hoore – Investor Relations – +31 40 268 6494 – Veldhoven, the Netherlands