New Wave Research Inc. of Fremont, Calif., a manufacturer of lasers and laser-based systems for the microelectronics and analytical instrumentation industries, announced that the People's Republic of China Patent Office awarded the company patent number ZL-03-1-42382.5. The patent, titled "Scribing Sapphire Substrates with a Solid State UV Laser," covers processes and technology associated with AccuScribe, the company's blue LED wafer-scribing product line. The patent became valid Nov. 29, 2006; the company currently holds multiple patents from China, Taiwan and the US. "This new patent attests to New Wave Research's seriousness in defending its intellectual property on an international level," said Pei Hsien Fang, company CEO. "In fact, we have prevailed in all litigation cases involving copycat technology -- spanning multiple countries and continents -- and continue to monitor our markets for potential patent infringements. We will vigorously pursue our legal rights against any company that does not respect our patents." Fang said the company welcomes inquiries about licensing agreements.