Veeco Instruments Inc. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Asylum Research Inc. The lawsuit alleges that the manufacture, use and sale of Asylum's MFP-3D atomic force microscope constitute willful infringement of five patents owned by Veeco, as well as other claims. Veeco is suing for unspecified monetary damages and a permanent injunction to stop infringement. Asylum is a privately held company founded by former Veeco employees.
Don Kania, Ph.D., President of Veeco, stated, "We welcome honest and innovative competition, but we will vigorously defend our valuable intellectual property. Veeco is widely recognized as an AFM pioneer and innovator. We have invested tens of millions of dollars to develop or license-in AFM technology and related intellectual property. We value IP and respect the IP of others. Our substantial investment in IP and research and development helps us bring the best AFM technology to the marketplace. In the interests of our employees, customers and shareholders, we intend to protect that investment."