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Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK), a leading supplier of lithography and laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices, today announced that it has acquired the rights to a collection of patents from IBM -- these include fundamental patents around the area of rapid thermal annealing. Representing both U.S. and foreign patents, the portfolio includes hardware for thermal processing (annealing) of semiconductor wafers, as well as patents for temperature control and metrology. This acquisition strengthens and broadens Ultratech's annealing technology capability for ultra-shallow junction (USJ) formation -- a critical step in semiconductor manufacturing.

Ultratech Acquires Patents From IBM for Semiconductor Wafer Annealing

San Jose, CA | Posted on October 9th, 2008

"Ultratech has periodically purchased patents that it views are key to our business," noted Ultratech Chairman and CEO Arthur W. Zafiropoulo. "The acquisition of these patents from IBM is the continuation of that strategy to ensure that our customers receive the highest technology content in their products. This acquisition reinforces our commitment to remain at the forefront of providing equipment with leading-edge technology and low cost-of-ownership advantages for our global customer base."

Certain of the statements contained herein, which are not historical facts and which can generally be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "will," "could," "believes," "estimates," "continue," and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements under Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve risks and uncertainties, such as risks related to our dependence on new product introductions and market acceptance of new products and enhanced versions of our existing products; lengthy sales cycles, including the timing of system installations and acceptances; lengthy and costly development cycles for laser-processing and lithography technologies and applications; integration, development and associated expenses of the laser processing operation; delays, deferrals and cancellations of orders by customers; cyclicality in the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries; general economic and financial market conditions including impact on capital spending; pricing pressures and product discounts; high degree of industry competition; intellectual property matters; changes to financial accounting standards; changes in pricing by us, our competitors or suppliers; customer concentration; international sales; timing of new product announcements and releases by us or our competitors; ability to volume produce systems and meet customer requirements; sole or limited sources of supply; ability and resulting costs to attract or retain sufficient personnel to achieve our targets for a particular period; dilutive effect of employee stock option grants on net income per share, which is largely dependent upon us achieving and maintaining profitability and the market price of our stock; mix of products sold; rapid technological change and the importance of timely product introductions; outcome of litigation; manufacturing variances and production levels; timing and degree of success of technologies licensed to outside parties; product concentration and lack of product revenue diversification; inventory obsolescence; asset impairment; effects of certain anti-takeover provisions; future acquisitions; volatility of stock price; foreign government regulations and restrictions; business interruptions due to natural disasters or utility failures; environmental regulations; and any adverse effects of terrorist attacks in the United States or elsewhere, or government responses thereto, or military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, on the economy, in general, or on our business in particular. Such risks and uncertainties are described in Ultratech's SEC reports including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2007 and Quarterly Report on Form 10Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2008. Due to these and additional factors, the statements, historical results and percentage relationships set forth herein are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations for any future period. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations, some or all of which may prove to be inaccurate, and which may change. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to affect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this release.


About Ultratech, Inc.
Ultratech, Inc. (NASDAQ: UTEK) designs, manufactures and markets photolithography and laser processing equipment. Founded in 1979, Ultratech is a market leader in gold and solder bump lithography, in addition to being a pioneer of laser processing. Its advanced-packaging lithography systems deliver strong cost-of-ownership, repeatability and throughput advantages, and are widely used worldwide in the fabrication of semiconductors and FPDs. Ultratech’s advanced laser processing technology is designed to enhance yields, while enabling a cost-effective transfer to 65-nm and below production, and is being integrated into the manufacturing lines of leading- edge semiconductor manufacturers.

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