May 21, 2002 – Fort Collins, CO – Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (AE) will file a motion to overturn a May 17 jury verdict. The jury ruled in a Delaware court that AE infringed on a patent held by the applied science and technology division of MKS Instruments Inc., and awarded $4.2 million in damages.
The products involved are reactive gas generators used in the manufacturing of semiconductors and FPDs.
“We are disappointed by the court’s ruling in this case,” said Doug Schatz, chairman, president, and CEO of Advanced Energy. “In a pre-trial ruling interpreting the patent claims, the Judge considerably narrowed the breadth of the patent, and we have the technology and capability necessary to create a new design that will allow us to continue selling products into this marketplace.”