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KLA-Tencor Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Therma-Wave, Inc.

SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850.
, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 1999--

KLA-Tencor Corp. (Nasdaq:KLAC) today announced it has filed a patent infringement patent infringement n. the manufacture and/or use of an invention or improvement for which someone else owns a patent issued by the government, without obtaining permission of the owner of the patent by contract, license or waiver.  suit against Therma-Wave, Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa .

The suit alleges that Therma-Wave has infringed and continues to infringe KLA-Tencor's Patent Number 5,910,842, entitled "Focused Beam Spectroscopic spec·tro·scope  
An instrument for producing and observing spectra.

 Ellipsometry Method and System," which was issued June 8, 1999.

Therma-Wave offers for sale, in California and elsewhere, devices and processes that the Company believes to be covered by this KLA-Tencor patent. In addition, KLA-Tencor alleges that Therma-Wave has actively induced the use of the patented process by others outside the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  for products that are then imported into the United States.

The suit seeks both damages for the patent infringement as well as an injunction against any future infringing activity, either solely by Therma-Wave or by any third-party working in conjunction with them.

About KLA-Tencor: KLA-Tencor is the world leader in yield management and process control solutions for semiconductor manufacturing and related industries. Headquartered in San Jose, the company has sales and service offices around the world. An S&P 500 company, KLA-Tencor is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol KLAC. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at
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Date:Jul 22, 1999
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