Claims related to US Pat. 7,364,942, according to US PTO web database:

What is claimed is:

1. A method for producing microelectromechanical devices comprising the steps of: inserting a wafer having a plurality of microelectromechanical devices fabricated on a surface thereof into one of an oven or a furnace; heating a compound having anti-stiction properties within said oven or furnace to a temperature sufficient to vaporize said compound; depositing said vapor on said wafer surface so as to treat the surface of said wafer with said compound; removing said wafer from said oven or furnace; and sawing said treated wafer to form a plurality of microelectromechanical devices having a device surface treated with said anti-stiction compound, wherein said depositing step is carried out before said sawing step.

2. A method for producing microelectromechanical devices from a wafer comprising the steps of: heating a compound operative to imparte anti-stiction properties to a temperature sufficient to vaporize said compound, said compound having organic content; depositing said vapor on a surface of the wafer having a plurality of microelectromechanical devices fabricated thereon so as to treat the surface of said wafer with said compound; and separating said plurality of microelectromechanical devices on said treated wafer into discrete devices, wherein said depositing step is carried out before said separating step.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein said depositing step comprises the step of coating said surface to a thickness of between 5-100 Angstroms.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein said depositing step comprises the step of treating said surface with a compound effective to passivate said surface.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein said treatment imparts hydrophobic properties to the plurality of microelectromechanical devices.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein said treatment reduces the surface energy of the surfaces of the plurality of microelectromechanical devices.

7. The method of claim 2, wherein said treatment imparts a biologically active surface to the plurality of microelectromechanical devices.

8. The method of claim 2, said method resulting in an organo-metallic surface on the plurality of microelectromechanical devices.

(Note: All claims except for 7 were struck down by ITC judge Around May 2011, during a patent dispute involving Knowles).

Patent Filed: April 12, 2007

Patent Approved: April 29, 2008

Application Number: 11/786,515

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