Micronic Laser Systems AB
(STO:MICR) and ASML Netherlands B.V. signed in December 2004 a license agreement
giving ASML the right to market optical maskless lithography for semiconductor
applications based on Micronic's patent portfolio in the SLM (Spatial Light
Modulator) and data path technology.
ASML has terminated its licenses.
This means that Micronic regains the right to fully use the above mentioned
patents at its own discretion. Micronic’s right to use ASML’s development
of the SLM technology for photomask applications continues. Micronic shall repay
an advance payment of royalties amounting to 13 MEUR. The advance payment is
interest-bearing and the repayment does not affect Micronic’s net cash
and will have no impact on Micronic’s result.
Micronic Laser Systems is a Swedish high-tech company engaged in the development,
manufacture and marketing of a series of extremely accurate laser pattern generators
for the production of photomasks. The technology involved is known as microlithography.
Micronic´s product offering also includes metrology systems for display
photomasks. Micronic´s systems are used by the world´s leading electronics
companies in the manufacture of television and computer displays, semiconductor
circuits and semiconductor packaging components. Micronic is located in Taby,
north of Stockholm and at present has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan,
South Korea and in Taiwan. Micronic maintains a web site at: http://www.micronic.se