Cyber Instruments Technology LLC, the cyber-technology company run by CEO Thomas Brown, sold a portfolio of patents pertaining to the field of mass flow control for semiconductor manufacturing to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed amount.

The deal was arranged by Tangible IP LLC, the patent brokerage run by Louis Carbonneau.

The details about the portfolio of patents weren’t disclosed. On its website, Cyber Instruments says its technology is protected by issued U.S. Patent Nos. 6,119, 710 and 6,216,726, Taiwan Patent 468101, Singapore Patent P-No. 83934 (WO 00/73868) and UK Patents GB2365980, GB2381589, and GB2373054 “Method For Wide Range Gas Flow System With Real Time Flow Measurement And Correction”.

Cyber Instruments was co-founded by Brown in 1999 to investigate the possibility of bringing self-calibrating pressure based flow technology to the semiconductor industry. Several senior executives with numerous years of experience in the semiconductor capital equipment industry came together to design the next generation pressure based mass flow technology, which led to the development of a rich patent portfolio that will now find a second life.

“We have known for years that we had developed great technology and a strong patent portfolio”, Brown said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we did not have the kind of resources that the semiconductor industry requires to launch new products."

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