IQE’s NanoGaN Acquires Patent Portfolio from Luxtaltek

IQE has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary NanoGaN has secured the purchase and assignment of a portfolio of patents from Taiwan-based Luxtaltek.

The portfolio of 54 patents cover a range of technologies and applications based mainly on Quasi Photonic Crystals (QPC), which complements IQE’s organic development of Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) and broadens the potential application of NIL beyond the firm’s current focus on advanced DFB lasers.

The patents acquired have applications in optical components including VCSEL and edge emitting lasers, modulators, silicon photonics, fibre-optic systems, microLED displays, image sensors including Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE) and biosensors.

NanoGaN has agreed a one-off payment of $500,000 for the purchase. IQE believes it is well-positioned to commercialise this new technology, thanks to its existing in-house NIL capability.