Thursday, November 16, 2006, 11/16/2006 07:57:00 AM

Trade Secrets and Plasma-Etching

From BusinessWeek Online, a story concerning a $13 million settlement of a trade secrets case in favor of Tegal Corp., a maker of plasma-etch systems used to manufacture integrated circuits.

Tegal had claimed in a lawsuit that several companies, including Agilent Technologies Inc., Advanced Modular Sputtering Inc. (AMS), and Avago Technologies Ltd., had stolen the trade secrets of Tegal's subsidiary, Sputtered Films Inc., to co-build a custom sputtering system.

In addition to the $13 million, AMS assets related to the system are to be transferred to a Tegal subsidiary and AMS will be dissolved next year.

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