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Sen. Hatch’s Innovation Agenda Would Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Feb 16, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today unveiled his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress during an event at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the initiatives highlighted in Sen. Hatch’s plan align closely with the U.S. semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, including reforming America’s corporate tax system, investing in basic research, protecting intellectual property (IP), strengthening America’s tech workforce, and promoting the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Advancing these initiatives would strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. We applaud Sen. Hatch for his longstanding leadership on tech priorities.

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, research, STEM, IoT

Tech Weighs in on Presidential Agenda

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 4, 2016 7:00:00 PM

As the presidential election year comes into sharper focus this week, the tech community is weighing in with the priorities it believes should be central to the public debate in the months ahead – priorities that are critical to sustaining a strong America and a strong American economy.

In an open letter sent today to the presidential candidates, SIA and the heads of 12 other tech associations representing thousands of U.S. companies and their employees wrote that “a central challenge of our time must be leveraging our strengths to expand opportunities and better prepare more citizens for the opportunities ahead.” To help meet this challenge and to ensure America remains at the forefront of economic and technological leadership, the associations attached to the letter a Technology Sector Presidential Platform that sets forth a series of policy recommendations. They are meant to:

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, patents, 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

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

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

Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets Would Strengthen Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

SIA this week endorsed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the protection of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890 and H.R. 3326) would create a federal civil cause of action that would empower U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court. The lead sponsors of the Senate bill, Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Coons (D-DE), spoke on the Senate floor yesterday in support of the legislation. The lead sponsors of the House bill are Reps. Collins (R-GA) and Nadler (D-NY). 

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Topics: IP, patents

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jan 5, 2015 10:30:00 AM

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress.

The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2007. Republicans also expanded their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning Congress is now more solidly Republican than it has been at any time during the Obama presidency.

Given these changes, here’s the outlook for several of the industry’s top policy priorities in the 114th Congress:

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, trade, research, patent reform, intellectual property, patents

SIA China IP Priorities Raised at Roundtable with China Intellectual Property Rights Center

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Oct 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Last Friday, SIA and several other U.S. high tech industry association representatives participated in a roundtable dialogue with Director Zhao Tianwu and other officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Electronics Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center. The MIIT Electronics IPR Center is highly influential in shaping Chinese policy on matters such as the relationship between IPR and competition law, patents and standards setting, and IPR in the court system.

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Topics: IP, china