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DoD Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Stop Counterfeits

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Aug 3, 2016 4:00:58 PM

The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday issued a new regulation that will greatly reduce the risks of counterfeit microelectronics entering the military supply chain. SIA has long-sought changes to DoD procurement practices that lead to counterfeits and non-trustworthy microelectronics ending up in critical military systems. The new DoD rule marks a landmark victory in the effort to ensure the safety of semiconductor products in the military supply chain.  

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Topics: anticounterfeiting, anti-counterfeiting

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

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the work that remains for 2016. [DOWNLOAD SIA'S 2016 POLICY PRIORITIES HERE] 

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Topics: IP, tax, trade, research, environment, anticounterfeiting, export, anti-counterfeiting, exports

Bipartisan Customs Bill Would Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Dec 11, 2015 2:30:00 PM

The House of Representatives today approved the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269), legislation that would improve the processes in place for the movement of goods in and out of the United States. Earlier this week, SIA urged House and Senate leaders to approve this legislation and send it to the President to be signed into law. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation next week. 

As a direct result of the longstanding advocacy efforts of SIA and our members, the bipartisan Customs legislation includes a key provision that would combat counterfeit semiconductors, which pose significant risks to public safety and national security. The provision would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to share information and samples of suspect counterfeit parts, including counterfeit semiconductors, with rights holders.

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting

SIA Joins Effort to Develop International Anti-counterfeiting Curriculum for Customs Officers

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on May 6, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Last week, SIA participated in sessions hosted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to develop anti-counterfeiting resources for customs officers around the world. The meetings covered a broad range of counterfeit products, including semiconductors. Experts representing rights holders and customs agencies participated in the week-long development series, including customs officials from the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico and Nigeria.

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting

Prosecution of Counterfeit Chip Trafficker Marks Step Forward in Fight Against Semiconductor Counterfeiting

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Jun 6, 2014 7:00:00 AM

This week, a man named Peter Picone admitted that he sent counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut, where the chips were intended for use in nuclear submarines. Picone pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. He faces up to 46 months in prison, with sentencing set for Aug. 22.

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting

Government Report Highlights Semiconductor Industry's Key Intellectual Property Concerns

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on May 1, 2014 12:00:00 PM

The semiconductor industry plays a critical role in driving U.S. innovation. For example, American semiconductor companies invested $32 billion in research and development in 2012 – one of the greatest shares of revenue of any industry. In order to ensure that these investments continue to benefit consumers around the world, strong intellectual property rights (IPR) protection is of utmost importance.

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Topics: IP, trade, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting

SIA Works with U.S. Customs to Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Mar 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

America depends on semiconductors, the tiny chips that enable all electronics.  But like other products, semiconductors can be counterfeited, and these counterfeits can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical, and military devices, potentially undermining our public safety and national security. SIA is actively working to raise awareness of these threats and to reduce the supply of counterfeit chips.

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Topics: anticounterfeiting, anti-counterfeiting

New Research Collaboration Will Help Combat Potential Semiconductor Security Threats

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Jan 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The potential threat of security-compromised semiconductors is of growing concern to the Department of Defense, U.S. national security, and our industry. While the threat may be minimal, given the magnitude of the potential impacts, it makes sense to take steps to try to reduce these risks. SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have taken action recently to address these concerns.

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Topics: research, anti-counterfeiting

Government's DNA Marking Requirement Increases Risks of Counterfeit Chips

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Dec 17, 2013 6:00:00 AM

America runs on semiconductors, the tiny chips that enable all electronics. But like many products, semiconductors can be counterfeited, and these counterfeits can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical, and military devices. The potential failure of these products could undermine our public safety and national security. 

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Topics: anti-counterfeiting