ESI Announces Settlement in IP Infringement Litigation

  ESI Announces Settlement in IP Infringement Litigation

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- November 29, 2012

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading supplier of
innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology
industry, today announced that the company has a reached a settlement
agreement with All Ring Tech Co. Ltd. (All Ring) related to ESI’s claim of
infringement of one of its patents pertaining to electronic component tester
technology. All Ring has agreed to pay ESI the sum of TWD 475 million (approx.
USD 16.3 million) as settlement and to discontinue selling the infringing
products. ESI estimates that the net financial impact of the settlement and
related costs will be an increase of approximately $15.8 million to operating
income and approximately $10 million to net income after income taxes, for its
fiscal 2013 third quarter, which ends December 29, 2012.

“ESI has made significant investments over many years to develop innovations
in passive component test technology for our customers,” said Sean Phillips,
General Manager, ESI Component Test and Inspection Division. “We are pleased
that our efforts through the Taiwan court system have been rewarded by
reaching a significant monetary award settlement with All Ring. This outcome
is the result of ESI’s commitment to vigorously defend itself against those
choosing to infringe our Intellectual Property. Our customers depend on ESI
for innovative test solutions to meet their challenges in the component test
marketplace. Defending our IP enables us to continue investing in solutions
for our customers.”

About ESI, Inc.

ESI is a leading supplier of innovative, laser-based manufacturing solutions
for the microtechnology industry. Our systems enable precise structuring and
testing of micron to submicron features in electronic devices, semiconductors,
LEDs and other high-value components. We partner with our customers to make
breakthrough technologies possible in the microelectronics, semiconductor and
other emerging industries. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland,
Ore., with global operations from the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Rim.
More information is available at www.esi.com.

Contact:

ESI
Brian Smith, 503-672-5760
smithb@esi.com
 
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