SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK) a leading supplier of lithography, laser-processing and inspection systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against Chinese-based company Ensure NanoTech (Beijing), Inc. and its United States subsidiary (“Ensure”) and company President Dongjun Wang.
The complaint alleges that Dongjun Wang was President of Start Science (Beijing) Co., Ltd., a company that was formerly a sales agent in China for Ultratech/Cambridge NanoTech. The complaint further alleges that Dongjun Wang and his company Ensure now manufacture and sell atomic layer deposition (“ALD”) equipment that infringes Ultratech’s United States Patent No. 8,202,575. In the complaint, Ultratech also alleges that Ensure and Dongjung Wang misappropriated trade secrets from Ultratech’s advanced ALD systems, unfairly compete with Ultratech, and breached the terms of the sales agency agreement with Ultratech/Cambridge NanoTech. The complaint seeks an injunction and an award of enhanced damages.
ALD is an enabling technology that provides coatings and material features with significant advantages compared to other existing techniques for depositing precise nanometer-thin films. This technology is expected to be in high demand in volume manufacturing environments for integrated optics, micro-electro-mechanical systems, implantable devices in the biomedical sector, and batteries and fuel cells in the energy market.
Ultratech Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arthur W. Zafiropoulo stated, “Ultratech/Cambridge Nanotech is the leading supplier of ALD systems to academic and industrial institutions worldwide. Ultratech places a heavy emphasis in research and development to provide the next-generation of ALD solutions. With this lawsuit, Ultratech seeks to protect its investments and customers from unauthorized use of its intellectual property.”
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About Ultratech: Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK) designs, builds and markets manufacturing systems for the global technology industry. Founded in 1979, Ultratech serves three core markets: front-end semiconductor, back-end semiconductor, and nanotechnology. The company is the leading supplier of lithography products for bump packaging of integrated circuits and high-brightness LEDs. Ultratech is also the market leader and pioneer of laser spike anneal technology for the production of advanced semiconductor devices. In addition, the company offers solutions leveraging its proprietary coherent gradient sensing (CGS) technology to the semiconductor wafer inspection market and provides atomic layer deposition (ALD) tools to leading research organizations, including academic and industrial institutions.