SIA Blog

TPP Would Strengthen America’s Global Standing

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 2, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Trade has been a frequent and heated topic of debate in the presidential campaign, including the economic impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Too often lost in the political rhetoric is this simple truth – the TPP would not only strengthen the U.S. economy but also America’s position of leadership in the world. A bipartisan group of eight former secretaries of defense recently sent a letter to Congress urging support for the TPP and emphasizing its significance for America’s global position:

“The TPP will deepen relationships with allies in the Asia-Pacific region, strengthen the U.S. economy, establish high standards that mirror U.S. interests and values, and contribute to a safer world for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren … The United States cannot and should not fall behind on the world stage.”

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Topics: trade, TPP

Senate Committee Considers Risks of Counterfeits

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Apr 27, 2016 4:30:00 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee today convened a hearing to assess the risks to public health and safety posed by counterfeit products. The hearing covered the full range of counterfeit products, including consumer products, health and personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. While counterfeit semiconductors were not a focus of the hearing, the risks posed by counterfeit semiconductors, including infiltration of counterfeits in the military supply chain, were referenced by Chairman Grassley (R-IA) and the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Topics: IP, anti-counterfeiting

Senate Votes to Protect Trade Secrets; House Should Follow Suit

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Apr 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

The Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen the protection of trade secrets. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property critical to continued growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890) would provide owners of trade secrets with new legal tools to prevent the theft of trade secrets. SIA commends the Senate for passing this needed legislation and urges the House to promptly pass its bill (H.R. 3326).  

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Topics: IP, patents, trade secrets

The 2016 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 1, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now available for free download in the 2016 SIA Factbook

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Topics: market, statistics, data

What End-Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major semiconductor end applications’ share of total semiconductor sales for 2015.

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Topics: market, statistics, data

Don’t Write Off the Innovation Box

Posted by Joe Pasetti, Director, Government Affairs on Mar 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, recently stated the Obama Administration believes “…adopting an innovation box would move tax policy in the wrong direction, increasing complexity and cost without a commensurate boost to innovation.” We, however, believe it’s premature to write off the innovation box, which provides a lower tax rate on income related to intellectual property (IP). SIA has supported an innovation box as a component of comprehensive tax reform to make the U.S. tax system more competitive with those in foreign nations. 

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Topics: IP, tax

U.S. Semiconductor Companies Dominate List of Top Patent Recipients

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

U.S. semiconductor companies, including several SIA members, were among the top corporate recipients of U.S. patents in 2015, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   

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Topics: IP, data, intellectual property, patents

The Semiconductor Seven: SIA’s Top Trade Priorities

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Mar 9, 2016 4:30:00 PM

President Obama released his 2016 Trade Policy Agenda on March 2. This thick document includes a raft of trade priorities for this Administration, including major trade agreements either under negotiation or completed: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  

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Topics: trade, ITA, TPP

Semiconductors Remain Export Powerhouse for U.S. in 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Semiconductors continue to be a massive export product for the United States, according to recently released government export statistics for 2015, fueling U.S. jobs, economic growth, and innovation. The total value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2015 was $41.8 billion, which amounts to the third-highest of any manufactured export product. The combination of strong domestic production and foreign markets hungry for semiconductors led once again to this foundational product ranking as one of America’s leading exports in 2015.  

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Topics: data, exports

How U.S. Semiconductor Technology Strengthens our Military on the Battlefield

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jan 28, 2016 1:00:00 PM

SIA frequently points out that semiconductors play a critical role in strengthening our country, including our national security. A concrete example comes from a new semiconductor developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that gives our military a measurable advantage in one critical arena of the modern battlefield: electronic warfare.

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Topics: IoT, national security