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U.S. Semiconductor Firms Top List of Patent Recipients in 2016

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Five of the top fifteen U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2016 were U.S. semiconductor companies, equaling the number of firms ranked in the top 15 in 2015. These figures are based on an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. See table below. 

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Topics: IP, research, patents

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 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

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

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

Semiconductor Industry Ranks High in Patent Quality

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Patent quality in the semiconductor industry has been determined to be high as compared with other technology fields, according to a recent analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD assessed patent quality based on the technological and economic value of patented inventions and the possible impact that these inventions could have on subsequent innovations. By these measures, the semiconductor industry ranked among the top technology sectors.  

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Topics: patents

SIA Commends Introduction of Legislation to Reduce Abusive Patent Litigation

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 28, 2013 1:00:00 PM

In a statement released today, SIA commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for his leadership in introducing the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), legislation to reduce abusive patent litigation:

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Topics: semiconductor, patent reform, semiconductors, patents

Reducing Patent Abuse Would Spur Semiconductor Innovation

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jul 31, 2013 8:00:00 PM

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Topics: patent, patent reform, patents

Advancing Innovation Through an Improved Patent System: SIA Statement on Abusive Patent Litigation

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on May 13, 2013 8:00:00 PM

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Topics: patent, Judiciary, innovation, patent reform, Abusive Litigation, patents