Patents Under Scrutiny

After years of complaints by high-tech companies that the U.S. patent system is misused, too slow or completely outdated, patent attorneys are about to get their day in court. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review an appeal between Alice Corp., an electronic marketplace for trading IP, and CLS Bank International, involving what kinds of inventions can be patented, according to the Supr... » read more

2012 IP Challenges For The Semiconductor Industry

A company’s intellectual property (IP) is fundamental to its ability to innovate, develop new technologies and methods, and move forward in a competitive industry. SEMI is acutely aware that what distinguishes its key industries from many others is the relatively high percent of revenue that is reinvested into R&D. On average, semiconductor equipment and materials companies invest 10-... » read more