Heraeus Electronics and Nihon Handa agree on patent cross-license for sinter pastes

Heraeus Electronics, leading supplier of material solutions for the semiconductor and electronics industries, is strengthening its collaboration with Nihon Handa by concluding a cross-license agreement for sinter pastes. The Japanese company is a global manufacturer of materials and equipment for the electronics industry. The cross-license will provide both companies’ clients with access to a wide product portfolio.

Both companies have long-standing expertise in sinter technologies. Sinter pastes are used particularly in power electronics modules. The two patent portfolios in combination refer to various aspects such as morphology, metallic particle size, or sintering tools. Health aspects and price competitiveness have led Heraeus Electronics and Nihon Handa to use micro silver powder rather than nanopowder.

“With the patent cross-license we strengthen our leading material competence and support our customers more targeted with innovative products,” said Dr. Frank Stietz, President of Heraeus Electronics Global Business Unit. He also states, “Only through substantial investments in research and development can we meet today´s demand in power electronics. Therefore, the protection of our technology by patents is an important element of our strategy, which we enforce worldwide.”

Mr. Makoto Asami, President of Nihon Handa, also comments that global compliance of fair trade and protection of intellectual property rights are indispensable for proper advancement in technology and innovation in our electronic industry.