October 9, 2008
On April 15, 2008, Mikro Systems’ “Devices, Methods, and Systems for Imaging” (No. 7,358,502 B1) was issued by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent discloses a novel imaging plate for use in Digital Radiography and Computed Radiography. X-ray detectors based on imaging plate technology can be used as the primary radiation detector in many fields, including diagnostic medical imaging, structural biology research and non-destructive testing.
Using Mikro Systems’ patented Tomo-Lithographic Molding (TOMOTM) process, imaging plates can be produced that offer a number of advantages, including flexibility, improved spatial resolution, greater dynamic range and able to perform as integrating and conformal detectors. This patent addresses the imaging plate systems, methods of use and systems of manufacturing for specific imaging devices. Mikro Systems worked closely with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop this technology and has a joint licensing agreement with the Department of Energy for its use. Mikro Systems has exclusive commercial rights to the technology, while the government maintains the right to use the technology for noncommercial purposes.
Mikro Systems continues to enact a strategic management plan for its intellectual properties, including patent filings, trade secret criteria and technology licensing agreements. Additional U.S. and international patent applications are pending which address specific devices and application areas in which the TOMOTM process can be used.