IMRA America and SPI Lasers sign license agreement

Oct. 12, 2006
October 12, 2006, Ann Arbor, MI and Southampton, England--IMRA America, a leader in the research, development, manufacturing and application of ultrafast fiber lasers, and SPI Lasers, a leader in the design and manufacture of fiber lasers, announced an agreement where SPI will license IMRA patents for amplification technology enabling SPI to continue to expand the output energies and peak powers from its fiber lasers.

October 12, 2006, Ann Arbor, MI and Southampton, England--IMRA America, a leader in the research, development, manufacturing and application of ultrafast fiber lasers, and SPI Lasers, a leader in the design and manufacture of fiber lasers, announced an agreement where SPI will license IMRA patents for amplification technology enabling SPI to continue to expand the output energies and peak powers from its fiber lasers.

In this agreement, IMRA will license SPI U.S. Patent No. 5,818,630 "Single-Mode Amplifiers and Compressors Based on Multi-Mode Fibers" and the IMRA family of related patents. These patents are relevant to products that utilize large mode area (LMA) double-clad (DC) fibers.

"SPI is committed to broadening the portfolio of fiber laser products that serve the needs, and enhance the competitiveness of our customers. This IMRA technology, when combined with our unique GTWave platform, provides enhanced performance in terms of achievable power and pulse energy. Such attributes will not only enhance the operation of our existing products but allow SPI to enter new market verticals," said David Parker, president and CEO of SPI.

Mr. Takashi Omitsu, president of IMRA, said, "IMRA is delighted that we are able to contribute to the progress of SPI. We believe our intellectual property and technical strengths will aid them in building a successful business in the industrial laser market."

For more information, visit www.imra.com and www.spilasers.com.

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