Cree acquires patent portfolio

Cree and ABB Research announced today that Cree has purchased a portfolio of patents and patent applications relating to silicon carbide (SiC) technology from ABB.

Cree, Inc and ABB Research Ltd announced today that Cree has purchased a portfolio of patents and patent applications relating to silicon carbide (SiC) technology from ABB.

The technology covered by the patents ranges from epitaxial growth technology to device and circuit-level technology.

The portfolio includes 44 US patents and patent applications together with corresponding international patents and applications. In addition, the agreement calls for the transfer of certain know-how related to the subject technology.

‘We are extremely pleased to acquire this intellectual property,’ stated Dr. John Palmour, Cree’s Executive Vice President, Advanced Devices. ‘These patents represent a very significant investment in silicon carbide research, all of which has been directed toward the development of SiC power devices.

‘We are very familiar with ABB’s considerable efforts in this area, and we look forward to continuing to advance this technology. We believe that the addition of this subject technology and know-how will further accelerate the development of new SiC power products, as well as further enhance our intellectual property position in this area.’