SEMI Webinar: Intellectual Property Risks to Innovation

SEMI Webinar:  Intellectual Property Risks to Innovation

Thursday, April 26, 2012
11:00am Pacific/2:00pm Eastern

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The semiconductor industry depends on intellectual property to keep innovation alive. And yet, Intellectual Property (IP) offenses are on the rise.  Patent infringement, counterfeiting and trade secret theft have reached serious levels—throughout the supply chain.

Each year, IP violations cost the industry billions of dollars in lost revenue.  IP violations:

  • Reduce the amount of revenue available for R&D
  • Erode the R&D return on investment
  • Increase safety and reliability problems in the fab

Did you know:

  • Over 60 percent of SEMI members report that IP violations have reached a serious level and that violations have had an adverse impact on their company.
  • Patent infringement and counterfeiting are the top IP violations.
  • IP violations cost the semiconductor equipment and materials industry significant sums each year in lost sales – money that could otherwise be invested in R&D and other value-added activities.

SEMI is concerned — for your company and the future of our industry.  SEMI and many other organizations that actively promote intellectual property (IP) protection are marking April 26 as “World IP Day” by highlighting the importance of IP to innovation and technological progress.

SEMI members companies routinely invest over ten percent of revenues into R&D.  It is critical that they see the return on this investment in order to keep reap the rewards of their achievements and continue moving ahead in a competitive marketplace.  Unfortunately, IP violations continue to pose serious challenges to the industry.

WEBCAST: Because of the importance of IP protection to continued innovation within our industry, SEMI is organizing a webcast for World IP Day.  On April 26, please join us for a discussion:

  • Maggie Hershey, senior director of Public Policy at SEMI, who will present the findings from the recent SEMI membership survey on IP challenges
  • A government official who will talk about international developments on the road to improving IP protection around the world
  • Harvey Frye, vice chairman of Tokyo Electron America, who will talk about industry goals and next steps

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