Lumera Awarded Patent; Protects Fabrication Process for Proprietary Electro-Optic Device Processing

Mar 08, 2005, 00:00 ET from Lumera Corporation

    BOTHELL, Wash., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lumera Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   LMRA), an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology, was
 recently granted another patent protecting the company's growing intellectual
 property portfolio of polymer electro-optic materials and devices.
     This most recent patent covers a unique fabrication process used to
 develop electro-optic devices that, until recently, have been unachievable and
 offers greater design flexibility as well as the ability to scale for large
 volumes of production.
     "This novel process gives us the flexibility to fabricate devices that fit
 our customers' design needs," said Tom Mino, Lumera CEO.  "It is a unique
 piece of our proprietary platform technology that addresses a large, growing
 market for electro-optic devices to optical interconnects."
     Lumera currently has 4 issued and 3 allowed patents and has over 30 patent
 applications pending that address markets such as fiber optic communications,
 biotechnology, and wireless communications.  The most recently issued patent
 number is 6,852,563, which joins the related patents 6,822,384, 6,750,603 and
     Technical Advantages
     Previous processes for fabricating electrodes on a surface used wet
 etching of thick metal layers.  However, these processes offer limited
 dimensional control since the etching occurs in all directions.  Other methods
 such as "lift off" procedures require metal deposition that is difficult to
 practically achieve or "scale-up" in large volumes.  The new method developed
 by Lumera scientists and engineers avoids the use of wet etching of thick
 electrodes and challenging metal deposition techniques.
     Lumera's unique fabrication process uses metal deposition on a polymer
 micro-ridge to form an electrode on a substrate.  The resulting polymer
 sustained microelectrodes can have a variety of dimensions and sizes of
 electrode gaps.  The polymer micro-ridge can be formed in ways that allow
 smooth surfaces, dimensional control, and high volume processing.
     The process is completed when an electro-optic polymer is used to fill the
 gap between electrodes.  The new fabrication technique enables devices with
 horizontally related electrodes, whereas most electro-optic polymer devices
 use vertically related electrodes.
     Utilizing the techniques of this patent, Lumera has developed flexible
 devices that can conform to curved surfaces, such as an aircraft body.
 Similarly, such devices could apply to large optically controlled phased-array
 antennas for use in space that are unrolled after the satellite is in orbit.
 The total optical components market is currently estimated to reach $1 billion
 by 2008.
     About Lumera
     Lumera is an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology.  The company
 designs proprietary molecular structures and polymer compounds for a broad
 range of electro-optic, bioscience, RF and specialty nanotechnology
 applications.  The company also has developed proprietary processes for
 fabricating such devices.  For more information, please visit
     Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking
 statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Factors that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the
 company's forward-looking statements include the following: market acceptance
 of our technologies and products; our ability to obtain financing; our
 financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors; our
 ability to keep up with rapid technological change; government regulation of
 our technologies; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and
 protect our proprietary technologies; the ability to obtain additional
 contract awards and to develop partnership opportunities; the timing of
 commercial product launches; the ability to achieve key technical milestones
 in key products; and other risk factors identified from time to time in the
 company's SEC reports, including in its registrations statement on Form S-1,
 dated July 22, 2004 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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