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Dec 2005
Jmar Technologies Inc. of San Diego, a maker of laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nanoscale, has established an international sales network for its diode-pumped, high power BriteLight laser product line through sales agreements with LOT-Oriel, Lastek Pty and SP Systec Ltd, of Germany, Australia and South Korea, respectively. The product line will be marketed, sold and supported in each region by its respective representative. LOT-Oriel will also represent the line in Northern Europe, Italy and Spain. The laser has applications in spectrochemical analysis, nanotech-scale fabrication, microscopy and soft x-ray source generation.    . . .    Ophthalmic surgical and eye care products maker Advanced Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) of Santa Ana, Calif., announced that a judge has upheld a May 2005 decision and awarded it $214 million in damages resulting from infringement of two AMO patents by Alcon Manufacturing Ltd. and Alcon Laboratories Inc. for phacoemulsification equipment used in cataract surgery. The judge granted AMO a permanent injunction, which was stayed pending appeal. The judge also required Alcon to post a $1.8 million bond on the injunction pending appeal. In May 2005, a jury awarded AMO $94.8 million in damages, which a judge reduced to $71.3 million. That amount was tripled in the latest damages award. Alcon had 30 days to file an appeal.

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