SEMI Offers Seminar on IP Threats and Strategies

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SEMI Offers Seminar on IP Threats and Strategies

Enabling technology companies in the semiconductor, nanotechnology, tech-energy, and other sectors face a unique set of IP threats and opportunities. Companies in these industries are juggling a number of highly complex issues, including:

  • Global supply chains;
  • A limited customer base with competitive advantages highly dependent on the next generation of technical advances; and
  • Intense competition for IP protection.

According to a current study by SEMI, companies are facing many critical and highly complex intellectual property (IP) threats. Executives are worried about patent infringement across the global marketplace, counterfeiting of spare parts and components, the escalating race for patent protection, and trade secret theft.

On October 17, a one-day seminar will be held at SEMI Headquarters in San Jose, California. This course was developed under the guidance of the North American Advisory Board of SEMI and their Intellectual Property Working Group. A SEMI global survey on IP issues worldwide involving spare parts was recently conducted, and the results will be incorporated into this course. It will reveal the depth of the threats facing the industry and discuss valuable strategies for managing and protecting IP—including a summary of best practices in IP Asset Management and new IP-enabled business models.

Effective Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is critically important in the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. There are a number of specific IAM strategies and tools that can be deployed to strengthen and monetize your company's IP portfolio.

The instructor will be John Cronin, managing director and chairman of ipCapital Group, Inc., a management consulting firm focused on helping clients improve ROI on innovation investments. Prior to founding ipCG, Cronin was a distinguished inventor at IBM (in MicroElectronics division) for 17 years. During his tenure, he patented 100+ inventions, published over 150 technical papers, received IBM’s “Most Distinguished Inventor Award,” and was recognized as IBM’s “Top Inventor.”

Who Should Attend

This course was developed for senior executives responsible for developing and managing IP or innovation strategies for their companies. It is specially designed for companies in the semiconductor equipment, materials and device communities, and related industries.

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