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Mar 31st, 2014
IMRA America and Jenoptik announce license agreement
IMRA America, Inc., (IMRA) World leader in the research, development, manufacturing and application of ultrafast fiber lasers and JENOPTIK Laser GmbH (Jena, Germany) a company of Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division, announce that they have entered into a license agreement for the use of IMRA patent rights for the patent family including U.S. patents RE37,585 and 5,656,186, “Method for controlling configuration of laser induced breakdown and ablation.” The agreement is specifically designed to enable Jenoptik ultra-fast customers utilize the patent family to create advanced micro-machined products.
This patent family was invented by Gerard Mourou and his team while at the University of Michigan and is licensed to IMRA from the University of Michigan. The invention is fundamental in taking advantage of ultrafast lasers for micromachining. The inventors recognized that ultrashort pulses are shorter than the time needed for most energy transfer processes within the material. Therefore deterministic, ultra-precise material processing could be realized. This method is sometimes referred to as 'cold' or ‘athermal’ machining.
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