Veeco Wins Preliminary Injunction Against SGL Carbon in Patent Infringement Case

Veeco Instruments Inc. reported that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted its motion for a preliminary injunction against SGL Carbon, LLC (SGL). SGL Carbon supplies wafer carriers to Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC). The preliminary injunction bans SGL from selling wafer carriers for use in susceptorless Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems employing Veeco’s patented technology, including wafer carriers for AMEC MOCVD systems.

The injunction stems from a patent infringement complaint that Veeco filed against SGL Carbon on April 12, 2017, in the federal court for the Eastern District of New York.

“This ruling affirms the strength of Veeco’s intellectual property and its worldwide patent portfolio,” said John R. Peeler, chairman and CEO of Veeco. “Veeco takes enforcement of its IP seriously, and will not hesitate to protect its significant investment in research & development, including its patents in the U.S., Europe and Asia – particularly in China.”

Preliminary Injunction Against SGL Carbon Takes Effect Immediately

The ruling, which takes effect immediately, forbids SGL from shipping wafer carriers using Veeco’s patented technology without Veeco’s authorization. Furthermore, the injunction bans SGL from supplying wafer carriers for use in all AMEC MOCVD systems.

The Court also ruled that Veeco’s original infringement complaint showed a “clear likelihood of success” on proving its claim that SGL infringed Veeco’s patent on wafer carriers for use in susceptorless MOCVD reactors and that Veeco’s patent is valid, despite SGL’s arguments to the contrary. Veeco noted that while SGL argued that its wafer carriers were based on AMEC’s specifications, the ruling shows that AMEC does not respect Veeco’s patent rights.

In addition to the preliminary injunction, Veeco is asking for a post-trial permanent injunction, monetary damages, and other relief.