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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

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

SIA Welcomes White House Report on Sustaining U.S. Semiconductor Leadership

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SIA today welcomed the release of a new report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) Semiconductor Working Group outlining the strategic importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry and the challenges that must be overcome to ensure continued U.S. leadership of semiconductor technology. SIA thanks the distinguished members of the PCAST Semiconductor Working Group for their diligence in developing this report.

We completely agree with the report's assertions that: 1) “The only way to retain leadership is to outpace the competition,” and 2) “to maintain a strong and globally competitive semiconductor industry, the United States needs an economic and policy environment that fosters innovation and keeps the U.S. industry at the technological frontier.” To that end, the report suggests a number of policy prescriptions aimed at doubling down on funding for basic research critical to innovation, reforming corporate tax laws, and growing the talent pool. To advance this work, the report recommends a three-pillar strategy, as highlighted in the accompanying letter to the President from PCAST co-chairs John Holdren and Eric Lander, to “(i) push back against innovation-inhibiting Chinese industrial policy, (ii) improve the business environment for U.S.-based semiconductor producers, and (iii) help catalyze transformative semiconductor innovation over the next decade.”

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Topics: trade, research

Government, Industry Leaders Discuss Steps to Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy on Nov 2, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today gave a major policy address highlighting the strength and strategic importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry and outlining steps needed to ensure the industry remains strong and globally competitive. Following her remarks, SIA President & CEO John Neuffer and others continued the conversation with a panel discussion on the critical importance of the semiconductor sector to U.S. competitiveness and innovation.

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Topics: trade, research, china

New White House Group to Tackle Semiconductor Industry Challenges: Commerce Secretary Pritzker to Discuss Future of Industry on Wednesday

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Oct 31, 2016 3:30:00 PM

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) today announced the launch of a new Semiconductor Working Group that will provide recommendations to PCAST to consider in its report to the President regarding current challenges facing the semiconductor industry, including the rapid rise of semiconductor capabilities abroad.

SIA welcomes this timely announcement, given new challenges facing the U.S. semiconductor industry, including unprecedented government investment programs from some countries and the increasing technological complexity involved in achieving new innovation breakthroughs. These developments have implications not only for the economy and society, but also national security. In fact, SIA earlier recommended the Administration form a public-private advisory group to help guide government policy related to improving the competitiveness of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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Topics: trade, research

White House Advances High-Performance Computing Initiative

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Aug 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The White House last week released a new strategic plan to implement the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) – a supercomputing research effort – across government agencies. The plan calls for greater collaboration among industry, academia, and the government to build an ecosystem that will enable advancements in high-performance computing. 

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Topics: technology, research

Secretary Clinton’s Tech Platform Highlights Key Semiconductor Priorities

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiled a set of policy initiatives aimed at bolstering U.S. technology and innovation leadership. SIA welcomes attention from the presidential candidates on policies to strengthen the semiconductor industry and the broader tech sector. Secretary Clinton’s plan embraces a number of the semiconductor industry’s longstanding priorities, including the following:

1) Increasing the research budgets of federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and DARPA;
2) Reforming America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system;
3) Rebuilding U.S. leadership in high-performance computing;
4) Continuing key reforms of the U.S. export control system; and
5) Expanding investments in STEM education programs.

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Topics: immigration, trade, research, export, STEM, exports

Hill Briefing Highlights Importance of Federal Research Investments

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

SIA moderated a congressional briefing last Friday on federally funded R&D and the research breakthroughs that have enabled smartphone technology. The briefing was hosted by IEEE in coordination with the House R&D Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.). The purpose of the event was to give congressional staff an overview of research collaborations among industry, academia, and government research agencies that have led to advances in everyday applications.  

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Topics: technology, research

High-Performance Computing Critical to U.S. Innovation, Competitiveness

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on May 10, 2016 11:30:00 AM

From curing diseases and making passenger jets safer to improving weather forecasts and developing new advanced manufacturing techniques, high-performance computing (HPC) enables countless breakthroughs that keep America strong, safe, competitive, and at the leading edge of innovation. A new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) examines the many critical applications of HPC and calls on Congress and the Administration to advance policies that support it.    

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Topics: technology, research, high-performance computing

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